Small-business profile: Business helps students advance in medical careers

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: CPS Nursing Education Consulting Institute Inc. BUSINESS ADDRESS: 207 Allen Ave., Glendale, CA 91201 PHONE: (818) 563-1935 WEB SITE: WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? This business grew out of my consulting to nursing schools for the planning of curriculum and the continuing education of nurses to keep their license current. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? Due to the number of foreign-trained nurses being recruited to work in the United States, we have all the resources here to upgrade nursing assistants to LVNs and LVNs to registered nurses. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Roughly six months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I continued my consulting and got statistics to branch into the upgrading and education needs. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $10,000, financed through my previous business. I own my own building and had all the office equipment, so my financial outlay was to incorporate and furnish classroom facilities. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Networking, news media and my own background. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? The need for U.S. nurses is just as great as for nurses in other countries. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? Roughly $200,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To offer quality education and guidance to those persons offering care and understanding to the public at large, and to have more people, young and mature, enter a noble profession.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OWNER: June Belyea-Cochran ESTABLISHED: 2005 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Three DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We do education of nurses. That includes preparation for licensing, integrating foreign-trained nurses for U.S. employment and assisting with the upgrading of nurses’ aides to Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former Tottenham defender Chris Perry to look ahead to the Premier League’s most vitriolic derby as Spurs host Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Can the North London rivals bounce back from midweek defeats to chase down league leaders Leicester?The former Manchester City captain Steve Lomas was stunned by how poor the Citizens were against Liverpool in midweek… and wonders whether Pep might regret signing for City if they don’t make the Champions League. Steve also has his says on West Ham’s terrific season – another of his former clubs.Plus: Sam Parkin is on the podcast – the former Chelsea & Ipswich striker looks ahead to the Blues match against Stoke this weekend as they chase down the top 6.last_img read more


first_imgMANY tributes have been paid to John ‘Bernie’ Boyle who passed away at Donegal Hospice at the weekend. Yesterday we published a poem by his friend John O’Donnell.There was a huge response – and today Mr O’Donnell has asked us to show this video tribute to John.May He Rest In Peace. His Funeral Mass is today at 11am in St Columba’s Church, Acres with burial afterwards in Belcruit Cemetery.  DDTV: VIDEO TRIBUTE FOR JOHN BERNIE BOYLE was last modified: January 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:DDTV: VIDEO TRIBUTE FOR JOHN BERNIE BOYLElast_img read more


first_imgThomas Pringle TD says the closure of 12 Community Welfare Service Clinics in Donegal will be kept under under review.Thomas PringleThe Donegal Deputy met with Minister Joan Burton in relation to the matter.“I will be holding the Minister to her word on that with a view to getting the clinics reopened if necessary if the service fails the people who need it. As of this week people are being asked to make their way to larger towns to avail of community welfare services. This does not recognise the geography of rural Ireland and the difficulties many of the clients of the Department of Social Protection face in accessing services.“The 12 clinics are in outlying areas where there is no transport link to get people to larger towns to access the clinics. These are some of the most vulnerable people in society and through their need to access services they must have a lot of contact with community welfare officers for vital services such as the exceptional needs payment or Supplementary Welfare Allowance.He says the letter issued in Donegal states that these closures are due to the rollout of the Intreo programme, a one-stop shop for employment services.“However, I fail to see what the community welfare offices will bring to the rollout of the Intreo service when they need to be kept in place to provide the services which are vital to those using them. “One of the clinics closing is in Pettigo, and an offer has been made to clients to use the clinic either in Ballyshannon or in Donegal town. There is one bus service a week to Donegal town from Pettigo and there is none to Ballyshannon.“While there may be a telephone service available, it will be interesting to see how that will work where there are application forms to be filled out or paperwork to be sent in to the community welfare officer for a decision. So I’ll be keeping a close eye on how the situation progresses” stated Pringle. MINISTER SAYS DONEGAL COMMUNITY CLINICS CLOSURE TO BE REVIEWED was last modified: October 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Community ClinicsdonegalMinister Joan BurtonThomas Pringlelast_img read more

Lenten season means it’s time to reconnect

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “During Lent we enter into a journey with Jesus. We want to experience with him that time of trial. What was it like to walk in his shoes?” Hull said. “It was a pretty lonely road but he never felt entirely alone because God the Father was with him. The road is hard, but you’re never alone. In the end, there is the Resurrection, and death never has the last word.” The Rev. Joy Magala, who has been a pastor at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for 14 years, will lead the first fellowship session with the lesson, “The Human Condition,” based on Mark 7:1-23. “Lent is a time set aside for repentance and fasting. The Wednesday fellowship is a less threatening way, a more intimate way, for people who have been away from going to church to reconnect,” said Magala, who grew up attending the Anglican Church in Uganda. “It’s been my experience in church that, after the preaching, sometimes there is just the right word in a hymn that I can take to change my life. I hope that people go away with one lesson (on Wednesday) that they can put into practice that will change their life.” There are a variety of ways in which Lent can be observed, including some form of fasting and sacrificing a pleasure. Magala suggested “eliminate that which has become a bondage” and set a regular time of daily prayer. Her personal approach this Lent will also include “going simpler” at mealtimes. “More and more during Lent, it has become common to set aside a special service project for others instead of giving up something,” said Hull. “One of the most important questions to ask could be, ‘How are you in relationship to your spouse, your co-worker, God?’ Find a certain study, maybe the Psalms, or join us at the Bible study on Wednesday. Just give yourself time to look inward.” Lenten worship, study and fellowship events: Lenten Wednesday Night Fellowship, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April 5, beginning with Holy Eucharist service, followed by a soup supper at 7 p.m. and Bible study at 7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. “Morning of Meditations,” with parish members’ thoughts on Jesus’ time in the Garden of Gethsemane, 8:30 a.m.-noon March 18. “Making Palm Crosses” class, 10 a.m.-noon March 28. Regular Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. Call (818) 785-4251. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – The start of the Lenten season offers the opportunity for reflection and reconnection with God, with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Van Nuys providing an informal five-week Lenten Wednesday Night Fellowship forum. The program begins Wednesday and will include Holy Communion, a soup supper and a Lenten-themed Bible study and discussion. “It’s a wonderful way to reconnect with the season of Lent. It’s a preparation for Easter so that Easter has more meaning,” said the Rev. Norman Hull of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. “Lent is a time for self-examination, for real reflectiveness. We’re asking ourselves, ‘How have I strayed from God?”‘ The biblical basis for the 40-day season of Lent recalls the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting, praying and encountering the devil in the wilderness while preparing for his ministry. last_img read more

4 must stand trial in burglaries

first_imgLANCASTER – Four Palmdale men are awaiting trial in connection with a string of burglaries stretching from the San Fernando Valley to the Antelope Valley. One of the break-ins occurred in January 2005 in Acton, where, unknown to the suspects, the homeowner called 911 from under a bed as she heard one of intruders say, “If anything moves, shoot it,” according to prosecutors. Charged are Ricardo Nunez, 28, Salvador Perez, 23, and brothers Jorge, 20, and Ramiro Ruvalcaba, 22. The four men were ordered held for trial after a three-day preliminary hearing that concluded Thursday. They have all pleaded not guilty and remain in custody. Evans said the woman was in her house when she heard the door kicked open. Before seeking refuge under her bed, she saw three men with guns entering the house, Evans said. “Forty minutes after they left, they were using her credit card to buy food at Carl’s Jr. in the San Fernando Valley,” Evans said. The January 2005 chase occurred after a Los Angeles County housing inspector went to a home in Lancaster to check complaints that the occupants were involved in narcotics. The inspector, who was called because the tenant received a Section 8 rent subsidy, spotted items that appeared to be stolen, deputies said. As deputies were attempting to get a search warrant, the suspects drove up in a truck and took off after they spotted the deputies, officials said. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFour other defendants have entered pleas to other charges and been sentenced to terms ranging from 16 months to four years in prison, prosecutors said. “They committed residential burglaries during the daytime when people were working and these defendants weren’t,” Deputy District Attorney John Evans said. Nunez and another man were arrested two days after the Acton burglary following a 48-mile chase from Lancaster to Sylmar. Authorities said a search of a Lancaster home and a Palmdale storage locker turned up hundreds of pieces of stolen property, including passports, driver’s licenses, checkbooks, leather jackets, watches, cell phones, portable disc-jockey equipment and computers. Sheriff’s deputies said the property appeared to have been stolen in dozens of home burglaries, car burglaries and robberies to pay for drug use. Methamphetamine, counterfeit money and forged checks were tossed out of the pickup truck during the chase, deputies said. Among the property deputies found was an expensive shotgun stolen during the Acton burglary as the woman hid from the intruders. The burglars also stole her sport utility vehicle. last_img read more

Pasadena church mulls IRS fight

first_imgA liberal church at the center of a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over a 2004 sermon will decide this week whether to fight an IRS summons. The IRS is requesting a number of documents be produced by Sept. 29 and that the church’s rector, the Rev. Ed Bacon, testify before an IRS agent on Oct. 11. The congregation of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena discussed the matter during a church service Sunday. The church could lose its tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon delivered two days before the 2004 election by its former rector, Rev. George F. Regas. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsRegas did not urge parishioners to support President Bush or Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., but was critical of the Iraq war and Bush’s tax cuts, Bacon said in an interview last November when the investigation was announced. Parishioners Sunday gave Bacon a standing ovation after he described reasons why the church might choose to resist the summons. Resisting would mean the IRS would have to decide whether to ask for a hearing before a judge, who could then rule on the legality of the summons. If a hearing were held, the church would argue that the IRS summons is “an intrusion, an attack upon this church’s First Amendment rights to the exercise of freedom of religion and freedom of speech,” Bacon said. Though no vote was taken Sunday, there appeared to be strong support to resist the summons, several congregants said. “We are leaning in that direction,” said church spokesman Keith Holeman. The church’s governing body could still decide to comply with the summons in the hope that producing the documents and the testimony would resolve the dispute, said Robert Long, the church’s senior warden. “I’ve been through the documents and I think it fully supports our position that we have not been in violation of the IRS regulations,” Long said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Nedbank achieves carbon neutrality

first_imgPhase Two of Nedbank’s head office is a certified green building. (Image: Nedbank) South African banking group Nedbank announced in July 2010 that it has achieved carbon neutrality – becoming the first bank in Africa to do so.The group’s chief executive Mike Brown made the announcement at the Nedbank head office in Sandton, in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.“This achievement sees us following through on the commitment we made in September 2009 to completely offset our carbon footprint,” said Brown. “As our group executive of enterprise, governance and compliance, Selby Baqwa, likes to say: there is no Planet B.”Nedbank is now green not only in corporate colour, but also in deed. Brown said that it made sound business sense to go green, but was also very much the right thing to do.“As a large business we have to strike a balance between economic, social, cultural and environmental issues,” he said. “An overt focus on one area can be successful only in the short term. In order to achieve sustainable returns, all of Nedbank’s interdependent parts must be in balance.”The mammoth achievement involved not only the group head office, but all the regional buildings as well as some 500 branches and kiosks across the country. It also took the support of 90% of the staff, who were equipped with the knowledge and tools to make a difference at the office, and then to apply the concept in their own homes.Phase Two of Nedbank’s head office, now complete, is the first four-star green-rated commercial building in the country. It’s been certified by the Green Building Council of South Africa and operates 30% more efficiently than a normal building.Positive impact on communitiesThe Nedbank group made the commitment to go green as many as 25 years ago, determined to make a positive impact on the communities it serves and set an example for its customers and suppliers in the process.Brown believes that the bank’s integrated approach was the key to achieving a zero carbon footprint.“We didn’t achieve it merely by going out and buying up carbon credits, but by a genuine and substantial reduction in our carbon footprint. We started by measuring our impact on the environment – this process was initiated back in 2007 – and now we have a robust measuring system in place.”To ensure integrity in the measuring process and set up the required framework, the bank’s carbon neutral task team worked closely with the local chapter of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Brown said.“The support from the bank’s leadership is particularly encouraging,” said Richard Worthington of the WWF, “and it has contributed to the bank’s success in its green endeavours. Business and industry in South Africa is generally not doing well in this sphere, and we appreciate Nedbank’s role in setting the pace for others to follow.”Once an accurate measurement had been recorded and then verified by Ernst & Young, a target was set in terms of behaviour change; more efficient operation; and cutting down on paper, electricity, water, travel and waste.“Once we had achieved those reductions that we’d committed to, we offset the remaining unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions, around 213 000 tons, with carbon credits.”After much research, the bank settled on the sustainable Rukinga project in Kenya to obtain its carbon credits. Rukinga is Africa’s first large-scale gold level-accredited Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation initiative.“We took great care in choosing our beneficiary,” said Brown. “We analysed projects involving biodiversity, renewable energy, and the reduction of deforestation. Unfortunately we couldn’t find a suitable project in South Africa, but other projects have sprung up in the meantime and in the future we’ll be able to secure a more diverse portfolio here at home and elsewhere in Africa.”The Rukinga initiative, situated on 75 000 acres of land in the Kasigau Corridor, focuses on reducing deforestation and degradation of wildlife habitats, eliminating about 3.5-million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, and providing residents with a conservation-related income.The community has benefited richly from its Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance-approved programme, receiving 18 new classrooms, a boost to its citrus industry, and better healthcare. A large amount of land was reclaimed for wildlife and numerous jobs were created.A journey of many stepsNedbank’s achievement of carbon neutrality took many steps, both big and small. It involved the extensive use of compact fluorescent lamps and motion-controlled lighting, turning off appliances when not in use, encouraging employees to use the stairs and not the lifts, using biodegradable cleaning materials, and installing water filters on taps instead of supplying bottled water.In addition, the bank only uses environment-friendly paper and recycles as much as it can. In 2009 it recycled 124 tons of paper and 34 tons of other waste.“The electricity we saved during 2009 could power 317 houses,” said Brown.Video- and teleconferencing helped to cut down on travel costs, resulting in a 30% reduction in the number of flights taken by Nedbank employees during 2009 and a 34% reduction in car rental.“We are also flexible with working hours and don’t mind if our people want to work from home from time to time – this has saved about 3.5-million kilometres of travel.”In total, said Brown, the bank saved R28-million (US$3.7-million) during 2009. This figure contrasts favourably with the R2-million ($264 398) spent on putting the measuring and monitoring system into place, and the R12-million ($1.6-million) spent on carbon credits.“This is not the end,” said Brown. “Rather, it marks the beginning of an ongoing process in greenhouse gas reduction. We aim to address the issue of water conservation in South Africa, as this is a key sustainability issue for us.”Nedbank is also already working on a number of innovative green retail products for its clients. The bank intends to use its leadership position to encourage all corporates in South Africa to operate in a responsible manner and play their part in mitigating climate change.last_img read more

United partners with app to battle jetlag

first_imgPhoto: United. United Airlines has joined other ultra-long-haul operators in the battle against jetlag by partnering with an app designed by top sleep scientists.The US airline has teamed up with an app called Timeshifter that tells users the best time to see and avoid light, sleep and enjoy caffeine to adjust quickly to a new time zone.The app is targeted at passengers flying across three or more time zones and was developed, United says, by top researchers in sleep and circadian neuroscience.These include Dr. Steven Lockley, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School’s division of sleep medicine.READ: Wine for breakfast on second Qantas Sunrise trialThe airline is making a jetlag plan available to all MileagePlus members and giving its top tier Premier 1K members a complimentary annual subscription with unlimited plans.The plan available to MileagePlus members is in addition to a complimentary trial plan from the company, giving the airline’s frequent flyers a total of two free flight plans.Users enter their travel schedule information, their normal sleep pattern and individual preferences into the app.It gives them a personalized jet lag alleviation plan that includes when they should prioritize exposure to bright light and when to avoid it as well as a personal sleep and napping schedule.There is also a plan to optimize caffeine intake for alertness and sleep as well as a schedule for taking melatonin where travelers choose to do so.“We want to do everything we can to help improve the experience of traveling across time zones, whether it’s a business trip to Tel Aviv or a vacation to Tahiti, our customers should arrive feeling fresh and ready to hit the ground running,” said MileagePlus president Luc Bondar.“Timeshifter takes all the guesswork out of avoiding jet lag and instead uses science and algorithms to design a customized, step-by-step trip across time zones.“I was a believer the first time I used the app and I think our customers will love it too.”United flies some of the longest routes in the world, including the two longest flights operated by a U.S. carrier with non-stop service between Houston and Sydney and between San Francisco and Singapore.last_img read more

Good Samaritan and LP Hold Alleged Carjacker

first_imgIn New Jersey, a Massachusetts man who authorities say knocked an 83-year-old woman to the ground and tried to steal her car in the Sam’s Club parking lot has been charged with carjacking, Freehold Township police said.Maxim Kuropatkin, 24, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was arrested Monday about 11 a.m. after he crashed the car into a tree and Good Samaritans and Walmart loss prevention officers held him until police arrived, Detective Lt. Scot Hall said Tuesday.Hall said Kuropatkin first tried to take items from a 52-year-old Freehold Township woman in the Sam’s Club parking lot, but that woman got in her car and started honking her horn, drawing the attention of several other patrons in the lot and scaring Kuropatkin off.- Sponsor – He then approached the 83-year-old Freehold Township resident, who was getting out of her car in the same area. He demanded her keys and knocked her to the ground, then took off in her car, Hall said. But Kuropatkin didn’t get far, Hall said; he lost control and hit a tree.Several Good Samaritans witnessed the incident and crash and followed Kuropatkin as he got out and ran into the adjacent Walmart store, where he was detained until Freehold Township officers arrived and arrested him without further incident, Hall said… Freehold Patch Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more