Spokane County Property Values Continue To Rise

In spite of national and statewide trends, Spokane County continues to maintain robust property values according to several recent reports. Although the absolute number of resale homes sold has significantly dropped from last year sale prices continue to measurably appreciate.

Spokane’s largest newspaper, The Spokesman Review, recently reported on the overall status of the tax basis in the greater Spokane metropolitan area and surrounding counties.

A May 30, 2008 article reported that while Kootenai County in Idaho expects property values to decrease $500 million from last year values and that Bonner County is projecting property values to be virtually identical as last year, Spokane County property values are expected to rise 5.3% over last year. This is in addition to the approximately 12% rise in values over the previous three years.

The Spokane County Assessor Ralph Baker said, “”We’re seeing fewer sales, but prices are still rising, albeit slower, the happy thing is that it hasn’t gone negative on us.”

The Assessor’s remarks are confirmed by the Washington State University’s “Washington Center for Real Estate Research.” They have recently published a report on Washington State housing resale market conditions. Their report is titled Washington State Housing Market Snapshot 2008Q1 and it echoes the Spokane County Assessor’s assertions.

The report statistics show while the seasonally adjusted annual rate of home resale volume (units sold) is 4.5% less than last quarter and 32.1% less than last year; it also shows that the median price of resale homes has risen 2.7% over last year at this time for a median price of $186,800.

This report is good news for home owners in Spokane who have seen an increase in their home’s value and thus an increase in their equity position. It’s not so good for the average Realtor in Spokane as existing home sales have dropped off nearly a third from last year. This means quite a bit fewer commissions and income for those working to sell these homes.

Ending on a positive note, the Housing Affordability Index (HAI) for Spokane is calculated at 129.3 making it the 12th most affordable county to live in Washington State. The state’s HAI is only 94.5.

The Most Awards For One Navy Unit

I have interviewed a navy soldier: “In the summer of 1966 the Howard patrol from 1stReconBn got: 1 MOH, 4 Navy Crosses, 13 Silver Stars, 18 Purple Hearts. One night of work. It was a 18 man patrols. That is in fact a record for any small US military unit at anytime in our history. Navy Docs were awarded one of those Navy Crosses and one of the Silver Stars and of course 2 of the Purple Hearts. I was up near DaNang at Camp Reasoner that day and we were getting radio reports about this engagement as these guys battled for their lives.”

“That was early on in the war, and not during Tet, so I am assuming it was a patrol in the Valley or across the fence. I bow and take my hat off to the Corps, but I am still proud that the Navy is putting boots on the ground and doing a great job. I also applaud the way you stated the feat without antagonism.”

“There is an Army EOD (?) on another board that is mad because the Navy EOD got a show on the Military Channel. He’s bad mouthing anything Navy or Corps. He is making claims that the Army is the best because they’ve got the most names on the EOD wall and the Navy has no one on the wall for Iraq. Glad the Navy and Corps don’t measure their successes by the number of body bags. Additionally, he is wrong.”

Navy/FMF Corpsman: “They are long-haired, loud-mouthed, disrespectful SOB’s who would walk through the gates of hell to save a wounded Marine.” I do not have a link handy but a goggle of either Howard Patrol or Jimmie Howard should get you something. Also “Hill 488″ in paperback gives a great intro to what it was like to arrive in VN as a FNG and a little about what it was like to be in USMC Recon for the first 3rd or so of the book.”

“Then the book picks up and runs with that patrol and an almost minute by minute break down of their fight. For Instance the book tells of a Cpl. Thompson who was last seen unconscious, being dragged off that hill by VC. When they found his body the next day he was dead… shot in the face. Two dead VC were next to him… one with a USMC KBar stuck in his chest. Hill 488 was actually near ChuLai. Well done to both of those units.”

“This was not one incident. Most EOD teams (in theater) are two or three person. This was a post deployment awards ceremony for a few detachments. The Silver Star was something else. We’ve had a lot of near misses and I don’t think that we need to apologize for that. The AF was the last to have a fatality although they are doing a great job. As far as the rest, the individual attended NAVSCOLEOD. Notice the NAV. It’s not a us versus thing. I have great friends in all services. Each has their ten percent.”

“The discovery program was for television. It was less then accurate by design, while getting the word out there. In a nutshell, it was free recruiting. As far as SOF thing. We and the Marines are the only services to have a standing mission as a service with specific SOF entities. That being said, I saw many Army and some Air Force working with different units on a basis. We get the missions because of our insertion capabilities. Marines support marine mission because, well, they’re marines. Every EOD tech thinks their service is the best, it’s they way we’re programmed.”

Merchant Navy And Aviation Courses Are Emerging As The Most Sought After Alternatives For Students

These epochs of advanced technologies has made out of the box career alternatives emerge as the most sought after option in a life of a student. Earlier only medical and engineering were deemed as worthwhile career options, but now a day, we can witness a huge inflow of applications for Mass Communication courses, Merchant Navy Courses and Aviation Courses.

In this article, we will sneak a quick look through these three courses. Awareness is the word of the century and professionals in the mass communication industry have taken onto themselves to provide the world with up to date news and happenings. Pursuing mass communication courses is undoubtedly the first stride for wannabe journalists, actors, etc. Apart from these career choices, you can also opt to enter segments such as film making, event management, cinematography, radio jockeying, promotion and advertisement and a lot more.

Aviation Courses are also much in demand because of the high paying incentives and a sense of satisfaction that seeps in. With travel by air emerging as a most sought after transportation medium, the demand for apt professionals in the aviation segment is escalating at a regular pace. This can only be fulfilled by joining aviation courses and emerging out as industry ready professionals.

Yet another career alternative which is becoming popular over time is Marine engineering and Merchant Navy. When you innately choose to pursue Merchant Navy courses, you are opting for fat pay checks and a ticket to sail over the oceans. You also avail benefits such as duty free imported stuffs and drawing your salary in foreign exchange. High emoluments and profuse benefits allure many a students to take up merchant navy courses.

Some of the most sought after and reputed Mass communication courses are: – Graduate diploma in print and web, broadcast or multimedia Journalism, Acting, Professional Fashion Photography, Advance Certificate Programme in Television Journalism, Advance Diploma Cinematography (Digital), Advanced Certificate Course in Radio Production & Broadcasting, Advance Diploma in Experimental Media Arts, Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Events, Anchoring & News Reading, B.A (Journalism and Mass Communication)- BAJM, and a lot more.

On a similar note, if we were to discern some of the merchant navy courses, we will come across programmes such as: – 4-Year Degree course in Marine Engineering, 1 Year Diploma in Nautical Science, leading to B.Sc. (Nautical Science), 6 months general purpose ratings course, B. S. Nautical Sciences, B.E (Applied Marine Information Technology and Communication), B.E (Electronics and Communication Engineering) – Marine, B.E (Petroleum and off-shore Engineering), B.E. (Harbour Engineering & Offshore Technology), B.S. (Nautical Technology) (3 year at Institute + 1 year at Sea), etc.

If you are inclined towards Aviation courses, some of the courses which will sweep you off your feet are: – Advance Diploma in Aviation & Tourism Management, Air Craft Maintainance, Air Hostess, Flight Steward, Air Ticketing & Travel Management, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering – Mechanical Stream (Light Air Craft,Piston Engine,Jet Engine), Airline Cabin Crew, Ground Handling,Travel & Hospitality Management With Soft Skills Program, etc.

Choosing the Military As a Nursing Career

Beyond the excitement of traveling the world and serving our service members as care givers, the responsibility of military nursing is a wonderful way to expand your career. The Army nurse corpse was the first in existence and began in 1901. The army ran its own nursing school and new graduates were awarded the rank of lieutenant as they began their career.

The Army had both men and women serving as nurses as early as 1901. It is the same today. Financial and educational aide are available to all who are accepted in this prestigious position.

The requirements for becoming a military nurse today are much the same as they were in the beginning. You must have a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited school of nursing. The Army reserves will accept nurses with an Associate degree RN. If you desire a military career and are seeking financial aid as well there are opportunities. You can join an ROTC program in college and financial aid is available. You must also have a valid license in any one of the fifty states.

You must be a citizen of the United States and have a clean criminal record. There cannot be any felony convictions on your record. Minor infractions will not usually affect your enlistment. A background check for security clearance is also mandatory. This will include financial history and credit report. You will have a standard physical performed upon your enlistment.

Part of the physical requirements are height and weight qualifications. You will apply for this direct commission by inquiring about career opportunities through the healthcare recruiters for the various branches.

All branches of the military have ROTC programs. This includes the Army, Navy and Air Force. The Coast Guard also has a program that is funded in part by the Navy.

The Navy Nurse Corps was a very small group until World War 1. At that time there were over one thousand Navy nurses. Their service was used in hospitals in the US and Europe. It wasn’t until 1920 that nurses began serving on hospital ships.

During World War II the Navy corpse reached a peak enlistment with over eleven thousand nurses serving in naval hospitals and aboard ships. At that time rank was assigned to nurses in the navy. In 1944 they finally received equal rank and pay with their male counterparts.

Today both men and women serve as Army and Navy Nurses. They are called upon to work in military hospitals, aboard ships and in field hospitals in times of conflict.

The Army nurse has the opportunity to serve and one cannot underestimate the danger that is faced everyday during times of conflict. The opportunities are endless in the Army Nurse Corpse with promotions and equal pay for all who are enlisted. If you to receive financial assistance, you will serve one year in the army for each year of financial assistance. If you get money all of the four years of college, you will be required to serve four years in the army.

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New eBook: “Think Peace!” Is All About The US Navy’s New LCS Class of Peace Keeping Ships

Think Peace is the title of a new eBook by T.L. Weber, about U.S. Navy’s mission of peace in 21st Century. These new Navy LCS Class of ships can make world peace possible. The mission of USN is worldwide peace and freedom of the seas. As explained in the book, and in the author’s opinion, not the Navy’s words, these 55 new peace promoting ships are a giant step in the right direction to gain world peace in the days ahead.

All people in the United States should think peace as our desire and objective. Everyone knows the U.S. Navy’s mission: freedom of the seas, can also be: peace in 21st Century. What’s more, these newly designed ships are: versatile, very adaptable shallow draft ships. This new LCS Class (Littoral Combat Ships) of ships can be used in many ways to make world peace possible. In fact, a new mission for the U.S. Navy could be stated as: World Wide Peace and Freedom Of The Seas.

Why does the author say world peace is possible? Here is his explanation: in his words – not the Navy’s words: “I believe these new relatively small ships are a giant step in the right direction to get us to world peace. Why? Because they have three important major benefits:”

1) These ships are designed as small, fast, shallow draft vessels (14 ft.) with the most modern instruments and technological anti-war equipment designed to makes them extremely versatile.

2) In addition, their small crews, of about 40 sailors, include professionally qualified career Navy men and women who are all capable of running the ships. But, more important, these crews are the kind of people who can enthusiastically promote world peace and freedom of the seas to the people they meet in every seaport they visit around the world.

3) These crews will change (rotate) every four months and new crews will go aboard to take charge and continue running the ships and at the same time continue to act as – volunteer USA ambassadors for peace – everywhere they go. Do the arithmetic: 120 crews of – volunteer ambassadors for peace – each year times the number of ships (3 at present – 55 planned). Eventually, when we approve the funding to build all 55 ships, the people of the United States would have over 6,000 – volunteer ambassadors for peace – actively promoting peace all over the world.

The author explains in the book his purpose in writing this book is to help spread the word so everyone in the United States understands exactly how our nation is building these ships to meet the urgent maritime needs of our times. In addition, the author says he wrote this book about these new 21st Century Navy peace keeping ships, the LCS Class, for two more important reasons:

First, to help everyone have a clear understanding of what the Navy is doing to both maintain and promote peace and freedom of the seas. In Navy parlance LCS stands for: Littoral Combat Ship. Littoral means: shallow water. We can interpret the word “combat” to mean combating and preventing war-like terrorism, pirating, and drug running everywhere.

Second, the author says he wrote this because he has a soft spot in his heart for the Navy. He gave the Navy three years of his life before he was 21. Now he says: “after all of these years I still have the Navy in my blood in many ways.” By designing these new ultra-modern LCS ships the U.S. Navy has taken a giant step toward world peace. LCS ships are designed to go where Navy ships have never gone before.

They can be easily adapted to succeed in a wide variety of both wartime and peacetime situations. They can demonstrate, in all seaports of the world, the ability of the United States to successfully promote and carry out compassionate and protective missions designed to prevent wars everywhere. In addition, they can become a formidable force that has the ability to curtail and prevent drug running and pirating on the high seas everywhere.

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Careers24 supports second Future of HR Summit and Awards

Following the success of the first Future of HR Summit and Awards hosted in 2015, leading online career portal, Careers24, has pledged its support for the 2016 gathering of HR professionals as gold sponsor. The 2016 Future of HR Summit and Awards will be held in Johannesburg on 20 and 21 July.
Careers24 supports second Future of HR Summit and Awards
The summit will address the transformation of the HR function in South African business, forecasting trends, sharing innovative and strategic approaches to overcoming challenges and discussing practical methods of employee engagement, talent acquisition and empowering leadership.

Said Karla Fletcher, Topco’s Director: “As a company that has spent the last 20 years researching and recognising South Africa’s top organisations, the salient outcome is that every top-performing organisation in the private or public sector was underpinned by a strong employee culture.” She adds that the old methods of management and leadership are clearly expiring and only those that embrace this space of rapid transformation and start to understand digital disruption will thrive in turbulent times. “When we developed this product our aim was to find a partner who embraced this new way of thinking, Careers24 was just that, they set out to be relevant in the marketplace. Their contribution will help us to bring about a metamorphosis in this industry.”

Careers24 welcomed the opportunity to participate in the event that will provide leaders and organisations with a distinct competitive advantage to achieve business goals that will facilitate economic growth while keeping people at the forefront of business.

“We are invested in the growth of both the HR industry and in empowering jobseekers. Last year we received very good feedback from recruiters who attended the summit and we look forward to being a valuable partner again for this event which provides a platform for the discussion and understanding of industry challenges as well as solutions,” said Marc Privett, General Manager of Careers24. Privett will be speaking at the two-day summit again and will focus on employer branding which has become a hot topic in terms of attracting and retaining talent.

Careers24 now zero-rated through Vodacom NXT LVL

Careers24 in partnership with Vodacom are removing the cost burden of accessing employment opportunities online with the launch of the NXT LVL zero-rated career website. The zero-rated website enables jobseekers to browse job sites, upload their CVs and apply for available positions free of charge when accessing Careers24 as well as other Vodacom partner career sites.
“Our current mobile statistics show us that 900,000 jobseekers access the Careers24 mobi-site per month,” says Marc Privett, General Manager of Careers24. “This makes the launch of Vodacom’s NXT LVL product so relevant. While the product is available to Vodacom subscribers via both desktop and mobile, this initiative is of huge value to Careers24 jobseekers who search for jobs on our mobile site.”

According to the latest Careers24 recruitment trends report, there has been a significant increase in the number of online recruits when compared to the previous 12 months. “This trend indicates a buoyant job market in spite of economic downturn fears,” says Privett. “We wish to further empower jobseekers by publicising the NXT LVL channel to create awareness of the thousands of recruitment opportunities on Careers24.”

Vodacom Chief Officer, Consumer Sales and Distribution, Jorge Mendes, agrees: “By introducing this platform, Vodacom is aiming to put the power back into the hands of our customers and in turn make a meaningful contribution in addressing unemployment. From here onwards, jobseekers on the Vodacom network will be able to go on the internet to look for jobs free of charge.”

According to Stats SA’s Youth Labour Market report (Q1: 2008–Q1: 2015), of the approximately 19.7 million working-age youth (15 to 34 years), 9.8 million were not economically active. 6.2 million were employed, and 3.6 million were unemployed. According to the report, “over the period 2008–2015, key labour market rates deteriorated by a larger margin among youth compared with adults, and the frustration of not finding employment has led many young people to become discouraged and exit the labour force altogether.”

“We have thousands of graduates and young jobseekers registering with Careers24 per month and we hope that this initiative will reap rewards for both jobseekers and recruiters in the South African employment arena,” concludes Privett.

All jobseekers need to do to register is dial *111*128# and NXT LVL will provide affordable products such as data-centric bundles. To access the site, customers must log on to www.vodacom.co.za, click on Services, then on NXT LVL Careers.

The client’s bill of rights

Late last year I spoke at Careers24’s successful Recruiter Boot Camp event. In planning for the Boot Camp I looked at one of the most frequent complaints I receive from recruiters – the often precarious relationship between a recruiter and his or her client. This relationship can be a tricky one. Like all good relationships it should be built on trust but often complications get in the way. So how do we ensure the relationship is maximised and stays on track? How do we know what rights the client has and when they are over-stepping the boundaries?
Clients can feel resentful paying for a service that they sometimes believe they can do themselves. “We can get candidates from social media sites and online job boards, and there are thousands of them available, and they are really good, so what do we need you for?” is often heard. So what happens? The client begins demanding more service for lower fees and recruiters who are struggling to make their value understood find themselves capitulating – and feeling resentful.

But here is the bottom line – clients have rights. The customer is (almost) always right. And as soon as recruiters understand what these rights are, the client/recruiter relationship shifts to a positive one that shows results.

So what are those rights?

Clients have a right to negotiate price. In fact in today’s highly competitive arena it should be expected. Everyone wants more bang for their buck. The number of companies paying a 15% fee has gone up radically. In 2007, less than 20% of them were paying that. But by 2014 it was over 42% of companies. In the recession, recruiters discounted their fees in order to survive and now the clients are used to paying 15%.

So how do you, as a recruiter, ensure you are paid what you are worth? Well, you negotiate. You have a valuable service to offer and all serious buyers will want to negotiate. “Your fee is too high” is a common response from potential clients. As in “I just don’t have the budget”. To these I like to say, “There’s no question that my fees are high but the other truth is that the position remains open” or “I get that you don’t have the budget but if I find the perfect candidate for you, does that mean I need to take them to another company?”. There is always a little jostling during worthwhile negotiations – the trick is to know when to hold your ground and when to meet them halfway and if you reach a stalemate – don’t be afraid to split the difference.

In today’s market clients expect speed. They have a right to expect you to find them their candidate quickly. For most permanent recruiters the fill time has increased by 50%. We should always aim, where possible, to present candidates within 24 hours. Our service offering in a nutshell should be source, assess and deliver – quickly.

Clients have the right to expect verification. Reference checks have been in decline because recruiters believe that the companies want to do their own reference checking. But we have seen studies that people tell the truth on their applications about 74% of the time. That leaves a wide gap for error. Make sure your candidates are who they say they are.

Clients also have the right to use social media and other online resources. Job boards like Careers24, social media platforms, database emailers – all of these can be incredibly valuable to clients. Online recruitment has made the task of recruiting a lot more accessible to internal recruiters and these resources should not be ignored. In fact, they should be embraced. Show your client that you understand the strategic value of using technology in the search for candidates.

Another powerful (but often intimidating) way to ensure you are offering value is by showing clients that you have access to candidates that no-one else does. Clients have a right to expect this and this should be one of your key service offerings.

Clients also want to know that their recruitment campaign is being managed. They will want to know the status throughout the process, they will expect you to push them when deadlines are tight and above all else they will expect you to be in the head of the candidate at all times. They have the right to this kind of service.

It’s a competitive world out there. If we keep fighting the future with the ideas of the past, we will not succeed. So my advice is – lose the attitude.

A Career In The Navy

Joining the navy is a noble decision for many and is normally a decision based on a sense of patriotism and desire to serve the country. However, some people consider the navy as a way of developing a respectable career instead of going to college or studying for a degree at university.

It is also an honor to join the brave men and women who fight to keep the shores safe. The United Sates navy and The British Royal Navy encourage youngsters and adults to join and serve the country as the Navy has a lot of job opportunities to people from all walks of life. Most of us only know about navy officers but the navy requires many other positions too.

Before you enroll to get in the navy you must decide where you want to head. If you would like to be a navy officer then you will require certain academic qualifications. The academic qualification required is considerably of high standard compared to the one required to join the police force and the army. The individual who wants to join navy must complete college and enroll into the Naval Reserve Officer Training Program or NROTC. The individual can also enroll in the United States Naval Academy.

It is a prerequisite to hold a college degree in one of the Navy approved subjects such as engineering, science, mathematics or a few others.

If you have a degree in one of these it will be easier for you to get enrolled into Officer Candidate School. It is a great honor to get selected into the navy. Officers are saluted, paid a very reasonable salary and there are some fantastic benefits such as traveling all over the world. The role of navy officer also beings with it a level of responsibility and you will be in charge of the lives of men under you command.

Apart from being a naval officer you can also become an enlisted member of the navy. In order to become an enlisted member of the navy you are not required to hold a college degree or any academic requirements. To get qualified as an enlisted member of the navy you will have to pass mentally, medically and physically demanding tests. You are given a chance to enroll for the practice test, which is more formerly known as the Enlisted Screening Test or EST.

This test is taken in order to gauge your mental ability. You are required to have a spotless legal record; even small offenses can be counted against you during the selection process. A medical exam is mandatory and it will have to be done at the Military Entrance Processing, which is required in order to determine your eligibility and the field the choices available to you.

The options are aviation, medicine, nuclear, electronics or any other general field of work within the navy. Enlisted navy jobs have lower salaries and a less demanding job than a navy officer. The enlisted navy candidates have to go through a period of eight weeks of boot camp training as against the thirteen week period for navy officers.

Is Merchant Navy A Good Career Option?

Merchant navy is one of the most lucrative options for students who want a rewarding career with golden opportunities knocking their doors. Lots of good courses are available to students throughout the country with different colleges and universities. Merchant navy is one such course which not only is an exciting opportunity to live life at large but it also helps in developing an understanding about various workings of the ship. This is also called marine engineering for which a pre-sea training is mandatory. It is necessary for a student to belong to science stream in the first place.

They should have sound knowledge of physics, chemistry and mathematics which needs to be their main subjects in the senior secondary class. Other than that candidates from other fields of study like commerce or arts are not eligible. Those who apply for this course should finish their basic graduation in the first place. They can also apply for civil service exams with science as their background; even this is quite beneficial for their future. Those who have mechanical or electrical engineering as their subject in graduation can also apply for the jobs related to deck cadet.

There are various institutes which provide marine engineering to students; it depends on the students as to which institute they choose to study from after seeing their financial strength and understanding about the course. There are various colleges spread all over India who provide this course. India Maritime Institute (IMI, Delhi), Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies (Mumbai), Tolani Maritime Institute (TMI, Pune), Vels Academy of Maritime Studies (Chennai), Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education Training (MANET, Pune) and Institute of Technology & Marine Engineering are some of the colleges where this subject is available.

There are more colleges which provide this subject but the ones shown are considered the best among them. Lots of job opportunities are easily available for students in this line can grow up in their careers respectively and become captains too. They also have an option of working for Indian ships as well as international ships. Salary scales differ from firm to firm and can increase with relevant experience which they gain with time. Fresh marine engineers can earn anything between 18k-45k pm. The increase in pay package depends on their hard work and understanding.

Another important factor in this field is health. It’s mandatory that every candidate is absolutely fit health wise, physically and mentally. They should not be suffering from any kind of ocular problem which is quite a crucial point during such exams. Life on ships demand immense physical fitness and those who cannot cope up with their health issues need to reconsider their decision about pursuing marine engineering. A major disadvantage is that there is no social life for them as they are at all times surrounded by the vast sea. Many students do have the problem of getting homesick. Such students cannot take up this profession. Though this profession is quite rewarding but it also has its disadvantages as well. We wish all our future marine engineers a very best of luck for their future endeavors.