Archives for March 6th, 2003

REPACKING YOUR BAGS

Book News, PublicNet: 6 March, 2003

By Richard J Leider and David A ShapiroPeople everywhere feel overwhelmed today – weighed down by countless responsibilities and buffeted by never-ending changes in their personal and professional lives. Repacking Your Bags shows readers how to climb out from under these burdens and find the fulfillment that is missing in their lives. With lively and intelligent writing, personal examples, and stories collected in hundreds of interviews, the authors illustrate a comprehensive guide for separating what’s weighing you down from what you need to find true fulfillment. They provide a simple yet elegant process to help you balance the demands of work, love, and place in order to create and live your own vision of success. They show how to “unpack” your physical, emotional, and intellectual baggage and “repack” for the journey ahead.

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CUT IN RE-OFFENDING RATE IS KEY TO PROTECTING COMMUNITIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 March, 2003

Reducing the numbers of convicted criminals who offend again is the key to protecting communities from crime, according to the Home Office Minister Lord Falconer. Speaking at a seminar organised jointly with the crime reduction charity Nacro, he said that for too long the debate on sentencing had focussed on community sentences versus custody.He said the government was unequivocal that prison was the right response for dangerous sexual and violent offenders and that they should be in custody for as long as public protection required, but in other cases, public protection could be achieved just as effectively, through tough, community-based programmes which both punished and tackled many of the factors that led to offending in the first place.

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END OF SOCIAL HOUSING GRANT CONFIRMED

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 March, 2003

The government has confirmed that it is abolishing the Local Authority Social Housing Grant and at the same announced a 110 million pound increase in transitional funding to help provide affordable housing. This will bring support for housing investment to 550 million pounds in the year 2003-04, higher than in any previous year.Ministers believe changes which will come into effect on April 1st, as part of the measures outlined in ‘Sustainable Communities: building for the future’, will allow for a more strategic use of resources.

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