ECHD gets Issuer Default Rating, bond downgrade

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first_img ECHD gets Issuer Default Rating, bond downgrade Pinterest By admin – March 26, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleFive things you need to know today, March 26Next articleCounty Commissioners accept annual financial report admin Facebook Roy Perkins, left, of God’s Way engages in a video conference with Richard Llanez using an app called Zoom on Wednesday in his home. Perkins uses Zoom to connect with an audience and speaks about the Holy Bible. Ector County Hospital District recently had their bonds downgraded by Fitch Ratings and received an Issuer Default Rating.ECHD’s rating was downgraded from BBB to BB+, with an Issuer Default Rating, and Fitch revised the rating outlook from negative to stable, a Fitch Ratings press release stated.The district had a weak fiscal 2016 and 2017 performance reflected a decline in the regional economy since recovered and an electronic medical record implementation in fiscal 2017, the release stated.Fitch expects the hospital district to improve profitability and operating margins with the hospital under new leadership, and with the return of CFO Robert Abernethy, creating an experienced management team, which changed the outlook rating from negative to stable, the release stated. Local NewsGovernment Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more


Who’s the most stressed of all?

Posted On May 12 2021 by

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Who’s the most stressed of all?On 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Is a City trader more likely to be stressed than a librarian? Is an ITconsultant under more pressure than a teacher? Not necessarily. It dependswhether the nature of that job is changing, as Linda Pettit reportsWhile stress can affect anyone of any age in any job, experts agree thatno-one is immune to it. It is very difficult to diagnose accurately, as everyindividual will show different symptoms. “Stress,” says the Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment (CIPD), “arises when [employees] worry that they cannot cope.The pressures of working life can lead to stress if they are excessive orlong-term.” Examples of long-term or chronic stress, says the CIPD, are the fear,frustration and anger that may be produced by an unhappy relationship with yourboss or with a difficult customer, and the unhappiness of an unsuitable job.”Up to a certain point, an increase in pressure will improve performanceand the quality of life. However, if pressure becomes excessive, it loses itsbeneficial effect and becomes harmful,” says the CIPD. Although being stressed often has more to do with how someone reacts topressure than the actual job they are doing, of course certain jobs areintrinsically stressful. People who require high levels of concentration – suchas those working in electronics or finance – are generally considered to be atrisk, as are those jobs with an important outcome be it financial orsafety-related. Employees governed by tight deadlines, those working shifts, orthose who work in confined spaces can be more prone to stress. In 1985, Professor Cary Cooper, one of the country’s leading stress expertsand professor of organisational psychology and health at the LancasterUniversity Management School, set out to find the most stressful jobs in theUK, evaluating more than 100 jobs. He repeated this study 12 years later, to find which jobs were becoming moreor less stressful (see panel opposite). More than 60 per cent of the 104 jobshis team reassessed in 1997 showed increases in stress levels, particularlythose in the armed forces, social work, teaching, farming, local government,nursing and the ambulance service. Cooper is convinced this demonstrates that it is not the jobs themselvesthat are stressful, but the amount of change a profession has undergone. Fundamental changes, such as those seen in the teaching profession over thepast decade, the increase in the amount of paperwork associated with many jobsin the civil service, and the annual pressures hitting the farming communityare making all these jobs more stressful. “It is the amount of change that takes place in that job and theindividual’s perceptions about that job and what it is that makes itstressful,” says Cooper. “Particularly whether those changes meanthey have less control.” The fact that one of the most stressful professions is that of a GP, acareer that is becoming increasingly demanding, is testament to this. GPs suffer the highest rates of psychological problems, health setbacks andalcoholism, as well as leading the way when it comes to divorce. “Those jobs undergoing change, such as healthcare workers, doctors andnurses, are the stressful ones,” says Cooper, adding that in the research,those professions you might think of as stressful – such as pilots or airtraffic controllers – come out as middle-ranking, with a good match between thepeople doing them and the jobs themselves. While change in a job is difficult to avoid, it is possible to manage changein a job to minimise the stress levels of the people doing them. As part of itsdocument, Intervention Strategies for Achieving and Maintaining ManagementStandards on Work Related Stress, published in June, the Health & SafetyExecutive (HSE) addresses the issue of change in a job by advisingorganisations to explain to employees what the organisation wants to achieveand why it is essential the change takes place. Consulting with staff isimportant throughout any change process, as is involving them in the planningprocess so they understand how their work fits in. Don’t delay communicatingthese new developments, says the HSE, as this will block rumour-mongering. Giving employees control over their pace of work and participation indecision-making, particularly during a period of change, is another importantway of minimising stress, as is empowering people to make decisions about theway they work, such as negotiating shift-work schedules. Support, adequatetraining, constructive and supportive advice, regular team meetings and havingthe opportunities for career development can help during change. “Don’t make changes to the scope of someone’s job or theirresponsibilities without making sure the individual knows what is required ofthem, and accepts it,” advises the HSE. Cooper concedes that some jobs, such as working on a City trading floor, areintrinsically stressful, “but individuals going into those jobs usuallylike that,” he says. “Traders, where a wrong decision made in a splitsecond could cost the company £20bn, usually love working on a knife-edge. Butif they were told they suddenly had to do more paperwork, they would find thatstressful.” So what makes one person better able to cope with stress than another?”The characteristics of the best stress survivors are adaptability,”says Cooper. “The ability to make a decision and not worry about it, beingable to talk about their problems and having a social support network when theyneed it.” Someone who is able to cope with stress is also someone who canprioritise their workload, so an individual who is a good time manager may copebetter with stress. “People can learn to better cope with stress, but if there’s a mismatchbetween the person and the job, they will have to leave. You can be trained toprioritise, to be a better time manager, to delegate and to ask people to helpwhen you need it, but if fundamentally that person is dysfunctional andmismatched, they have to get out,” he says. For Cooper, much of the blame for the current levels of stress in theworkplace comes down to poor recruitment – putting the wrong person in thewrong job. “HR departments should look at someone who is currently doing aparticular job well, and get a profile of them on which to base a psychometrictest for new recruits. They rarely do this,” says Cooper. “For example, the characteristics of the best sales person in thecompany could be used as a base on which to recruit other sales staff.Recruitment should be evidence-based. One of the biggest problems is mismatching,and the fact the nature of jobs change and the selection procedure needs toadapt too.” Peter Delves, however, who runs his own training consultancy Peter DelvesAssociates, would prefer to get away from the notion that some people are moreskilled at dealing with stress than others. “People process pressure in different ways,” he says. “Somecan deal with it, but store up pressures later on.” He says that different people find different jobs stressful, but anyone withlittle support and a high level of demand would be under pressure. “Youare looking to match the right person to the job, rather than whether theywould find it stressful,” he says. Delves believes that no-one with the right resources to do the job will letpressure turn into stress. What causes a job to be stressful?– Too much – or too little – to do – Boring or repetitive work – Role confusion – Lack of control – Lack of communication and consultation– Blame culture – Lack of support for individuals to develop their skills – Inflexible work schedules – Poor working relationships with others – Bullying, racial or sexual harassment – Physical danger (such as risk of violence) and poor workingconditions (such as noise)The UK’s 10 most stressful jobs*Prison service Police Social work Teaching Ambulance service Nursing DoctorFire brigade Dentistry Mining The UK’s 10 least stressful jobs*Librarian Museum personnel BiologistNursery nurseAstronomerBeauty therapistLinguistRemedial gymnastSpeech therapist Chemist* Based on research assessing104 jobs, by Professor Cary Cooper at the University of Manchester’s Instituteof Science and Technology, in 1997. Factors included hours worked, workload,deadline pressures and level of responsibility. 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Global police sting against dark net drug sales nets 179

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgTopics : A global police sting has netted 179 vendors involved in selling opioids, methamphetamine and other illegal goods on the internet underground, in what officials of Europol said Tuesday put an end to the “golden age” of dark web markets.Over nine months Operation DisrupTor seized 500 kilograms of drugs including cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamine, more than $6.5 million (5.5 million euros) in cash and online currencies, as well as well as 64 guns, Europe’s police agency said.Led by the German federal criminal police, the operation saw law agencies pounce in Austria, Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States, breaking up networks of buyers and sellers of narcotics and other illegal goods on the internet’s premium anonymous bazaars including AlphaBay, Dream, WallStreet, Nightmare, Empire, White House and others.   “Today’s announcement sends a strong message to criminals buying and selling illicit goods on the dark web,” said Edvardas Sileris, who heads Europol’s EC3 cybercrime center.”The hidden internet is no longer hidden and your anonymous activity is not anonymous,” Sileris said, with Europol adding “the golden age of the dark web marketplace is over.”US Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said the dark net fed an opioid addiction crisis that caused more than 1,000 overdose deaths a week in 2018 in the United States alone, and has grown worse with the Covid-19 pandemic.”Criminals selling fentanyl on the Darknet should pay attention to Operation DisrupTor,” Rosen said.The operation “shows that there will be no safe haven for drug dealing in cyberspace.”The arrests counted by the US included two made in Canada, where one suspect allegedly procured highly dangerous fentanyl analogues from China to mail to US buyers.Those drugs were traced to at least two overdoses, including one death.US officials also arrested two men, including a pharmacist, who sold prescription opioids over the dark net and had plotted to firebomb a competitor pharmacy in Nebraska.The men were arrested in April 2020 as they waited for an end to Covid-19 restrictions to carry out the attack, the US Justice Department said. US officials made clear they were able to track individuals and virtual currency transactions despite the protections offered by the anonymous Tor software underpinning the dark net.”Operation DisrupTor demonstrates the ability of DEA and our partners to outpace these digital criminals in this ever-changing domain, by implementing innovative ways to identify traffickers attempting to operate anonymously and disrupt these criminal enterprises,” said Timothy Shea, acting administrator of the US Drug Enforcement Administration.center_img “This takedown provided investigators with… data and materials to identify suspects behind dark web accounts used for illegal activity”, Europol said in a statement.Some 121 suspects were arrested in the US, followed by 42 in Germany, eight in the Netherlands, four in Britain, three in Austria, and one in Sweden. A number of investigations were still ongoing, Europol said.Operation DisrupTor followed a law agency shutdown in May 2019 of the Wall Street Market, the second largest dark web exchange, which had more than 1.1 million users and 5,400 vendors.last_img read more


Pirates Boys & Girls Teams Fall Short Against Lions In ‘Battle For The Ball’

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgIn the annual “Battle for the Ball” game against Rushville, the Greensburg Pirates fell 4-2. In what ended up being a very exciting finish, Rushville controlled the ball for the majority of the first half, scoring 2 goals before halftime. Greensburg came out with a sense of urgency in the second half, getting a couple of scoring opportunities before Rushville added another to their score. Just a few minutes later, Greensburg answered. Luke Hellmich notched his 3rd assist of the year by finding Sage O’Mara on a corner kick. The goal was O’Mara’s 3rd of the year. After allowing another Rushville goal, pushing it to 4-1, Greensburg continued to battle getting several more goal-scoring opportunities. Grayson Newhart notched his 6th goal of the season off of a PK. The 2nd half offense was too little too late for Greensburg, as they fell 4-2 in the Battle for the Ball.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.Lady Pirates traveled to Rushville to face the Lions. They brought with them the trophy for “Battle for the Ball” that has been in the Pirates’ possession for the last three years. This would prove to be a one way trip for the trophy.With a tough fight for the first half, the score remained at double zeros. The Pirates managed to take four shots but where outshot with the LIons taking twelve. Greensburg keeper Ella Lowe had another great game and was a huge reason the score was 0-0 at the half. With only seven and a half minutes left in the second half, the Lions managed to settle a ball in the Pirates goal bringing the score to 1-0. The goal would not be answered by the Pirates and that would be the final score of the game.A highlight of the Pirates’ performance was Senior Captain Kelsy Scott managed to make four non-goalie saves. One of which was a notable save that was while Lowe was out of the goal to challenge a 1v1 attack. The ball as shot back in the direction of the goal and Scott managed to clear out the threat.This brings the Lady Pirates’ record to 1-6-3. The Pirates are on the road this week on Thursday (9/26) and travel to Franklin County. The game time is 5:00 P.M.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.last_img read more