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Public meetings for week of April 22

first_imgMondayCamas City Council, City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave.• 4:30 p.m., special meeting: Public Works department level of service presentation.Washougal City Council, City Hall, 1701 C St.• 5 p.m. workshop: set public hearing on a petition for vacation of a tract of land owned by the city on South Seventh Street, Parker’s Landing LLC/Port of Camas-Washougal development agreement amendments, Main Street speed limit change.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: set public hearing for South Seventh Street property, interviews and appointment for vacant council position.Vancouver City Council, City Hall council chambers, 415 W. Sixth St.• 5 p.m. workshop on the Clark County jail.• 6:30 p.m. regular meeting and citizen forumWoodland Public Schools Board of Directors, Woodland High School Room 2203, 1500 Dike Access Road, Woodland.• 5:30 p.m., regular meeting: aligning Yale School to current Woodland school configurations, dual-language immersion program, additional portable classroom at Woodland Intermediate School.Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors, Lewisville Campus, 406 N.W. Fifth Ave.• 6 p.m. regular meeting: Maple Grove K-8 corridor carpet replacement; reduction in programs.Hockinson School District Board of Directors, Superintendent’s Office, 17912 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie.• 6 p.m., regular meeting: sale of real property, middle school safety, reduction in force 2018-2019 school year.TuesdayBoard of Skamania County Commissioners, Skamania County Courthouse, 240 N.W. Vancouver Ave., Stevenson.• 9:30 a.m., regular meeting: workshops on county finances, Home Valley Park Bridge and a comprehensive review of Skamania County Code. Update on Mid-Columbia Housing Authority.Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners, 3103 N.W. Lower River Road.• 9:30 a.m., regular meeting.Board of Clark County Councilors, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver.• 10 a.m. council meeting: docket item, grants, amended operator agreement with Discovery Clean Water Alliance, petition for road vacation, Use of available capital repair funds to update the 78th Street Heritage Farm Master Plan, approval of a resolution for previously authorized uncollectable accounts, 2018 spring supplemental budget, community cat program.Clark County Correction Facility Advisory Commission, 1300 Franklin St. Vancouver.• 3 p.m., meeting: agenda review, commission member introductions, process timeline, orientation, interview and survey summary, community discussion.Clark Regional Wastewater District Board of Commissioners, board meeting room, 8000 N.E. 52nd Court, Vancouver.• 3 p.m. regular meeting, agenda at www.crwwd.com.Vancouver Planning Commission, City Hall council chambers, 415 W. Sixth St.• 4:15 p.m. workshop on Sadri Mill Plain and 148th Avenue development agreement.• 5:30 p.m. regular meeting and public hearing on an amendment to the Shoreline Management ProgramVancouver Public Schools Board of Directors, Robert C. Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Road.• 4:15 p.m., work session: presentation on 2018-19 budget.• 5:15 p.m., regular meeting: bids for pavement restoration at several schools, sport field improvement at four high schools; purchase of 382 new security cameras in multiple buildings; purchase of Raptor Technologies Visitor Management System at each school building.La Center School District Board of Directors, La Center High School library, 725 N.E. Highland Ave.• 5 p.m., special meeting: Community Education Program, authorizing the issuance, sale and delivery of the district’s unlimited tax general obligation bonds to pay costs of capital improvements.last_img read more

Trading high

first_imgThe 34th edition of India Trade Promotion Organisation is going to commence in the Capital. The event will be inaugurated by President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, on 14 November at Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan. The partner country this year is South Africa, Thailand is the focus country whereas Delhi is the focus state. The theme of the fair is ‘Women Entrepreneurs’. Over 25 women enterpreneurs from the partner country will be exhibiting their final products at the event. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over 6500  participants  from India and abroad are taking part in the fair. Countries like – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, China, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia,  Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Thailand,  Tibet, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam are taking part in this grand event this year.  There are 31 Central Government Ministries, Departments along with their agencies/PSUs, while all the States and  UTs apart from leading private sector companies will bring up the domestic sector.‘Committed to the new mantra of Make in India, the fair will also focus on the PM Modi’s cleanliness drive, Swachh Bharat Mission’, an official said during a press meet.Various cultural programmes have been organised all throughout the fair. The first five days of the fair i.e 14-18 November will be exclusively for the business visitors only.last_img read more

Having Trouble Hiring the Right Employees Maybe Its Your Techs Fault

first_img Register Now » 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img August 3, 2017 Are you having trouble hiring employees? Well, it’s probably your fault.In today’s world, with the help of technology, it’s become easier than ever to get business done through email or over the internet. While technology has helped make processes more efficient, depending on it too much can have its downsides. Especially when it comes to the hiring process.Related: The 3 Most Common — and Costly — Hiring MistakesA recent report by global staffing and HR services provider Randstad U.S. surveyed 1,200 people 18 and older to uncover the perceptions, attitudes and expectations that job seekers have on the job search process. And while most agree technology is helpful during the process, many are frustrated when too much tech is involved.From shaking someone’s hand to actually reading through a candidate’s cover letter and resume — many employers are bypassing important aspects of the hiring process, much to applicants’ chagrin. Eighty-two percent of survey participants said they are frustrated with an overly automated job search experience, and 87 percent of respondents said that technology has made the job search more impersonal.Related: 3 Prudent Hiring Practices to Acquire the Best TalentHowever, that doesn’t mean technology should get the boot from your hiring process. To give candidates the most ideal experience, strike a balance between tech and a human touch. Nearly every survey participant agreed that technology should be used as an “aid” in the hiring process, not replace it.In the study, respondents identified “the degree of personal, human interaction during the process” and “the recruiter/hiring manager I worked with” as the top two aspects that contributed to a positive experience during their last job search. To the contrary, the top two reasons companies leave negative impressions on job seekers are “the length of the hiring process” and “the communication level throughout the selection process.”“The findings reinforce what we’ve believed for quite some time, that successful talent acquisition lies at the intersection between technology and human touch,” said Randstad U.S. CEO Linda Galipeau. “If done correctly, the right combination of personal interaction with the power of today’s intelligent machines can create an experience that is inherently more human.”Related: Hiring Your First Employee? 5 Things You Need to Know.As an employer, it’s important to not burn bridges or miss opportunities because many of these applicants won’t give you another shot. One-third of candidates who had negative experiences during the job search process will never re-apply to that organization, and will never refer a friend or family member to the company.last_img read more

Phenomenal growth in home based agent sector is recent survey shows

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — A recent independent survey of Canadian home-based travel agents found that over 50% of them had made the decision to go home based in the last five years, explaining the astonishing growth in this sector all of a sudden. It is now thought that about 33% of all Canadian travel agents work from home.Over 60% of the home based agents surveyed were experienced agents working in a bricks and mortar agency before choosing to go home based. This dispels the false idea that home based agents are new to the industry and inexperienced. On the contrary, most home based agents have over 20 years’ experience in the industry.And almost half said they were earning more now than when they worked in a bricks and mortar agency.But the main reason these experienced agents are giving up their office positions seems to be about wanting to be their own boss. That and improving their work/life balance, as we have stated in an earlier article.Experienced agents also have usually gathered a good book of business as well, and have loyal clients who will follow them.The survey of almost 200 hosted travel agents across Canada included agents from all the leading host agencies. It was commissioned in December 2016 by The Travel Agent Next Door to gain further insight into the growing number of hosted agents and to determine how best to serve their needs in the future.The agents surveyed were currently affiliated with eight different host agencies from across Canada, with 12% not divulging who they were associated with.Flemming Friisdahl, Founder of The Travel Agent Next Door, says his company will continue to invest in third party research into the home based sector and he fully intends to share this information with the industry. “By understanding home based agents better, we can offer the best programs for their needs,” said Friisdahl. Tags: Sphere, The Travel Agent Next Door By: Jill Wykes, The Travel Agent Next Door Phenomenal growth in home based agent sector is recent, survey showslast_img read more