Share The Shops at the Ladies’ Village Improvement Society of East Hampton had an eerie, Halloween feeling Saturday, probably caused by the presence of crazy costumes and spooky decorations. Reading, crafts, and other fun were available for children at the October 26 party.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) – Federal worker Greg Guthrie had held out hope after Donald Trump’s election to president that his professed advocacy for the American worker would extend to the federal workforce, too.That hope diminished after Trump on Monday issued an executive order implementing a hiring freeze across the federal government, with exceptions only for military, national security or public safety personnel.So while Guthrie wasn’t shocked to learn Trump had imposed the hiring freeze, he was disappointed.“I guess there’s a presumption that a lot of people in government are not needed,” Guthrie, an information specialist with the Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service in Alexandria, said in a phone interview. “But we’re pretty lean right now, anyway. Now to say that there will be no new, young workers – that’s pretty draconian.”Trump had raised the possibility of a hiring freeze during the campaign. At a news conference Monday, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said the freeze ensures taxpayers get effective and efficient government and said it “counters the dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.”Statistics from the Office of Personnel Management, though, show that the number of executive branch employees hasn’t been this low since 1965, and that the number of employees has stayed more or less steady in the last 15 years.Guthrie, who is also union officer with the National Federation of Federal Employees, said he didn’t understand how Trump could conclude that a hiring freeze was a good idea even before his Cabinet nominees have been approved.“As a federal worker, it’s kind of deflating to be felt like you’re unnecessary,” he said.The union’s president, Randy Erwin, said in a statement Monday that a hiring freeze is a “terrible idea.”“Freezing federal hiring sounds good on the campaign trail, but it does not make government smaller like some people think it does,” he said. “All it does is lead to the hiring of more federal contractors which tend to cost taxpayers more than federal employees and are less accountable.”The full effect of a hiring freeze is unclear. According to OPM, the federal government hired 221,000 workers in fiscal 2015, the most recent year for which data is available.The number excludes uniformed military personnel. But roughly a third of those hired were military veterans, who enjoy hiring preferences in the federal government.Erwin also pointed out that the Department of Veterans Affairs currently has 2,000 vacancies and said “it is the American veteran that is going to suffer” because the agency is now barred from filling those vacancies.Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, whose district includes many federal workers, said Monday that the government actually needs to increase its capacity to handle certain issues, like cybersecurity.“This Executive Order … will have a depressing effect on our ability to recruit and retain the next generation of federal workers,” he said. “This is a far cry from President Kennedy’s effort to inspire a new generation to enter public service.”Republican Barbra Comstock, who also represents parts of northern Virginia in Congress, announced her own opposition to the hiring freeze and said “past hiring freezes in both Republican and Democrat administrations have cost the federal government money in the long run.” Workers dismayed by President Trump’s federal hiring freeze SHARE Author: AP Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: January 24, 2017 7:36 AM EST Updated: January 24, 2017 7:37 AM EST
Beech: ‘Exciting opportunities’David Beech, chief executive, said the firm remains confident in its growth plans following the listing, which created a £50m warchest for purchasing other businesses. Beech added: ‘We continue to see exciting opportunities in the regional legal sector and will look to make further acquisitions of businesses which offer complementary services in targeted geographies and sectors.’ Knights confirmed it will move the Turner Parkinson business into larger offices next spring to enable further growth. The firm now operates from eight offices in the Midlands, west country and north west, and has moved into the top 100 UK firms by revenue. The plc’s share price dropped around 3.4% following today’s update. A listed firm with two acquisitions already under its belt in 2018 says it will seek more opportunities to grow in the coming year. In a trading update today, Knights plc said its listing on the AIM stock exchange in June had been successful, with half-year results in line with expectations. The firm envisages a double-digit increase in organic revenue compared with the same period in 2017, alongside ‘strong’ profit growth. Half-year results covering the period ending 31 October are due to be published in January. During the six months in question, Knights has acquired Manchester firm Turner Parkinson and Leicester practice Spearing Waite, as well as floating on the stock market.
Auburn receiver Quan Bray (4) and Alabama defender Bradley Sylve (3) battle for a third-quarter pass during the No. 1 Crimson Tide’s 55-44 win over the No. 16 Tigers.<!–iframe–> Florida State, the only unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision and the defending national champion, fell to No. 4 in the College Football Playoff Top 25 released Tuesday night.The Seminoles, No. 3 the past three weeks, fell behind TCU, which moved up from No. 5. TCU is coming off a 38-point win at Texas and is pulling farther ahead of Baylor, a team that beat TCU in October.Playoff selection committee chair Jeff Long said some of his peers were concerned by Florida State’s continued close games against unranked opponents.“I think they are very close to being No. 3,” Long said. “We spent a lot of time in debate on Florida State, and TCU for that matter. Florida State continues to be that undefeated team. But in many of the committee members’ eyes, they’ve struggled in some games against unranked opponents. That has had an impact.”Asked if the Seminoles will hold fast at No. 4 should they beat Georgia Tech on Saturday and remain unbeaten, Long said, “We don’t project. But their body of work puts them in a strong position.”The move by the selection committee to rank TCU at No. 3 could make it even more difficult for Baylor to catch or surpass TCU and make the Playoff field, despite Baylor’s head-to-head win. Long said the Big 12 championship, which could go to either team, will be considered when the committee makes its final decision Sunday.“There’s games left to be played,” Long said. “There could be one champion of the Big 12 and we will take that certainly into account whether that’s one champion or a co-champion, and championships are something we are supposed to consider in our final rankings.”“We believe TCU’s a better football team at this point in time.”The Playoff field is scheduled to be announced at 12:45 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN.Alabama and Oregon remained 1-2 for the fourth consecutive week. Mississippi State, the previous No. 4 team, fell to No. 10 in the wake of Saturday’s loss at Mississippi.Long has said in the past that injuries to key players will factor into the committee’s decision-making, but he said that the broken ankle suffered Saturday by Ohio State quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate J.T. Barrett did not play into the committee’s ranking of the Buckeyes at No. 5 this week. Ohio State plays No. 13 Wisconsin on Saturday night for the Big Ten championship. “We will evaluate his injury and his replacement in this last championship game,” Long said.Missouri, at No. 16, is the lowest-ranked Power Five team playing for a conference championship this week.Boise State moved up one spot to No. 22 and is the highest-ranked Group of Five team for the second consecutive week. Minnesota fell out of the top 25 after losing to Wisconsin with a Big Ten title game berth on the line.Committee member Mike Tranghese rejoined the group after a one-week absence due to illness. However, committee member Lt. Gen. Michael Gould did not vote because of travel issues getting to Grapevine, Texas, where the group meets each week.The selection committee is determining the teams that will play in a four-team tournament for college football’s national championship this season. The group is scheduled to meet again this weekend, starting Friday, and their final decision is scheduled to come at 12:45 p.m. ET Sunday. Later that day the committee also will select eight other teams to compete in the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange and Peach bowls.The national semifinals will be held at the Rose and Sugar Bowls on Jan. 1. The championship game is at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.The sixth College Football Playoff Top 25:1. Alabama (11-1)2. Oregon (11-2)3. TCU (10-1)4. Florida State (12-0)5. Ohio State (10-1)6. Baylor (10-1)7. Arizona (10-2)8. Michigan State (10-2)9. Kansas State (9-2)10. Mississippi State (10-2)11. Georgia Tech (10-2)12. Mississippi (9-3)13. Wisconsin (10-2)14. Georgia (9-3)15. UCLA (9-3)16. Missouri (10-2)17. Arizona State (9-3)18. Clemson (8-4)19. Auburn (8-4)20. Oklahoma (8-3)21. Louisville (9-3)22. Boise State (10-2)23. Utah (8-4)24. LSU (8-4)25. USC (8-4)
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