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first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Succinct insight to overseas recruitsl The news story ‘Lack of top execs forces firms to search overseas’ (News, 2 April) provided a succinct insight into the trend towards overseas recruitment.Recent research among HR professionals, commissioned by Propeller in conjunction with the CIPD, supports the results of TMP Worldwide’s study, which was covered in the news story.Our survey shows that, in the wake of 11 September, confidence within the global business community is returning. The HR professionals surveyed confirmed the need to recruit from overseas, because of the continued demand for top executives and a shortfall in suitable candidates in the UK.Our research also reveals that some international assignments are being replaced with shorter, more frequent business trips, e-mails and videoconferencing. However, the general consensus was that the need for companies to move staff across borders will increase, but with a greater emphasis on safety for expatriate staff.David KneeshawChief executivePropellerHarassment is a criminal offencel I’m sure I am not the only person to spot a contradiction in 23 April issue of Personnel Today.On the back page and in Paul Nelson’s article on page 9 (Analysis, 23 April), the CIPD’s Diane Sinclair is quoted as saying: “Harassment is not a criminal offence, so if an employer receives an harassment complaint they are unable to covertly monitor for it.”If you then take the time to read page 13 of the same issue (Legal, 23 April), it references the criminal offence of harassment as covered by the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. This actually makes it a criminal offence.Ian GreenTraining controllerSurprise at Asda bingo recruitsl I was really surprised to read ‘Asda scours bingo halls for staff’ (News, 23 April).The news story claims that by seeking older employees Asda can reduce employee turnover.But in Asda’s successful bid to become the best company to work for in The Sunday Times, it quotes its annual employee turn-over as 2 per cent – an increase on last year from 1 per cent.Why waste time on employee recruitment when your company has the best employee retention possible in the world of retail outlets? Could it be that its best companies to work for submission was flawed?Bear in mind that a 2 per cent turnover equates to 2,400 leavers per year from its 120,000-employee population – a remarkable figure.Tony HowellCIPD elective studentSwindon CollegeE-mail policies must be reviewedl The Information Commissioner’s code of practice banning the blanket monitoring of e-mails should be seen as an indication for companies to review their e-mail policies.Everyone should be concerned about e-mail communication where security is compromised, where a PR disaster is in the making or where costs are running out of control.It is easy enough for companies to include e-mail audits as part of regular security health checks. They are not a tool for spying on employees, but a way to implement an effective e-mail policy, or if a policy already exists, to check that it works.Jocelyn HoneybunnBusiness development directorFailsafe LettersOn 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Water staff to get clear rewards guide

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Water staff to get clear rewards guideOn 4 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Thames Water is set to provide annual total reward statements to help staffunderstand the complete value of their employment package. Kim Brosnan, the company’s lead (HR) business partner, told delegates at theconference last week, that the decision to introduce the total reward statementwas made after the firm overhauled its pay and grading framework. The statement will include pay, pension, other benefits including companycar, maternity and paternity pay and the cost of individual training courses. Brosnan believes the move will help the company attract and retain the beststaff. She said: “We are trying to shift the culture of looking solely at payto the cost of the total package. We recognise the importance of communicatingour total reward package, and employees need to understand what it consistsof.” The move is part of the firm’s aim to increase the link between pay andperformance. As part of the changes, it has reduced the number of pay grades to eight,ranging from director through to assistant. Brosnan said the move has createdgreater pay transparency and helped staff measure their own pay, performanceand career progression. The company is to continue to strengthen the link between pay and performanceby reviewing the management and team bonuses structure. Brosnan said research had found that 45 per cent of employees did notrealise the real value of their benefits and half wanted their organisation toclearly explain what benefits they were receiving. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Sailors Train for Royal Navy’s Future Carriers

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Sailors Train for Royal Navy’s Future Carriers Sailors Train for Royal Navy’s Future Carriers View post tag: sailors View post tag: Carriers Authorities View post tag: train View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: future View post tag: europe Flight deck teams at Culdrose are training 70 sailors to ensure F-35 jets, and Merlin, Chinook, Apache and Wildcat helicopters are safely marshalled around the Navy’s two new carriers.Fourteen working Harrier jump jets – their engines limited so they don’t take off – give aircraft handlers the experience of the noise, smells and jet blast of a busy deck.Although the Harrier was axed at the end of 2010 following the last defence review and its successor, the F-35 Lightning II, won’t fly from the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth until 2018, the RN School of Flight Deck Operations is maintaining the skills needed to safely marshal multi-million-pound strike fighters around a flight deck, launch them, and recover them.Each of the two new carriers will need a 70-strong flight deck team directing operations – four officers, six senior and 60 junior rates.The school uses a mock-up of an Invincible-class carrier flight deck, with a limiter on the engine keeping the 14 single and twin-seat Harrier rooted to the Cornish tarmac.The existing ‘dummy deck’ will require rebuilding for the Queen Elizabeths, whose flight decks are more than twice the size of their forerunners.The school doesn’t need the entire flight deck, but it does need a section recreating – a 140-metre-long section from the aft island to the stern (including one of the ship’s two lifts), and 70 metres across; it’s the width, more than the length, of the new carriers which is likely to catch people out.The first handlers are due to join HMS Queen Elizabeth early next year, followed by the bulk of the deck teams in the summer of 2016, ready for her sea trials. The ship will work with helicopters for the first 18 months of her life before the Lightning IIs come aboard in 2018.[mappress mapid=”15179″]Image: PO(Phot) Paul A’Barrow Share this article View post tag: News by topic February 19, 2015last_img read more

Red Raiders’ Playoff Hopes Still Alive Despite Heartbreaker

first_imgOcean City’s players and coaches react to Jake Schneider’s touchdown catch in the second quarter.  By Tim KellyThere are no more moral victories.“I’m not going to lie to you, this one hurts,” Ocean City head football coach Kevin Smith said after the Red Raiders’ crushing 20-14 overtime loss to Oakcrest on Friday night. The Raiders’ third straight loss dropped their record to 3-3 overall, 3-1 in the West Jersey Football League’s Independence Division and put their playoff aspirations on hold for another week. They could have clinched a spot in the NJSIAA’s Group 4 tournament with a win, but the Falcons, who improved their overall record to 4-3, spoiled the party. Keevon Berry rumbled eight yards for the winning score in overtime, but the Raiders still had a chance to win when they blocked David Connolley’s extra point and advanced the ball to the nine yard line on their overtime possession.  Quarterback Ian Aungst’s nine-yard completion to receiver Brendan Lashley gave OC a first and goal. On the next play, Aungst looked for Lashley on a fade route in the left corner of the end zone.  Lashley almost made a spectacular one-handed grab, but the officials ruled he did not have possession and control of the ball. Two plays later, Alec Rodriquez clinched the win for Oakcrest with an interception. “That was just a great football game with two good teams going at it,” Oakcrest coach Eric Anderson said. “We have a bye week coming up so we can sit back and watch some games.” Ocean City won’t have that luxury, but still has a golden opportunity for a championship season and a playoff berth. The Red Raiders host archrival Mainland next Friday and a win over the ‘Stangs would clinch at least a share of the Independence Division title and their spot in the playoffs. That was of little solace on Friday, however, especially given the way Ocean City lost.Ocean City’s Kevin King slices through the Oakcrest defense.Following a scoreless first quarter, the Raiders drew first blood on an eight-play, 82-yard drive highlighted by an Aungst screen to Billy Kroeger for 46 yards and capped by a 23-yard hookup with Jake Schneider for the touchdown. Matt Mealey’s extra point made it 7-0.Oakcrest answered with its own drive, which advanced to the Raider seven, but a defensive stand and a costly illegal formation penalty turned the ball over to the Raiders with 3:16 left in the half. Isaac Wilson’s run picked up 23 yards, a pair of completions to Schneider and another Wilson run advanced the ball inside the Oakcrest 30.But an Ocean City fumble turned the ball over at the 24, which seemed to give the Falcons new life.“That was a big momentum changer,” said Anderson, whose charges proceeded to march 76 yards on eight plays, capped by a Trey Sayers-to-Jalen Turney 16-yard post pattern. Ocean City quarterback Ian Aungst launches a pass to Billy Kroeger (42) as the Red Raider bench looks on.Ocean City came back to regain the lead midway through the third when they nearly blocked an Oakcrest punt, which traveled only 16 yards from the line of scrimmage. This gave the Raiders the ball at the Oakcrest 35, and two plays later, it was 14-7 on Aungst’s 31-yard pass play to Lashley.The Ocean City wideout caught the ball in space near the left sideline and made a sweet move to make the Oakcrest defender miss the tackle at about the 12 yard line and sprinted in the rest of the way.Oakcrest answered with a 76-yard drive stretching across the third quarter and into the fourth. Marques Miller, the Falcons’ speedy and durable running back, had two runs of nine yards each and the climaxing 4-yard burst on the way to a game-high 110 yards rushing in regulation.But the big play on the Oakcrest march was a 49-yard pass from Sayers to Angel Casanova. The extra point tied the game at 14.Oakcrest threatened again late in regulation, driving to the OC 21, but junior cornerback Louis Conte ended the threat with a diving interception with 23 seconds remaining to set the stage for overtime. Similar to the college OT format, each team had a chance to score from the opponent’s 25 yard line. After the final play, Smith expressed confidence in his team, despite their disappointment. “We’ll bounce back. Mainland is our biggest rival. We will be ready to go,” he said. Brendan Lashley dives across the goal line for Ocean City’s second TD.last_img read more

In Short

first_img== Finsbury increase ==Finsbury Food Group has released its Annual Report 2008. It states the first 10 weeks of the year to June 2008, have seen its upward sales trend continuing. Like-for-like sales have grown 13% and adjusted profit before tax increased by 68% to £7.7m, compared to £4.6m in 2007.== Carr’s profits up ==Carr’s Flour Mills’ unaudited full-year results to 30 August, 2008 reveal that operating profit has increased by 77% to £2m, with revenue up 50% to £85.6m. The increased revenue reflected the rise in wheat prices that started in late summer 2007 and continued until virtually the end of the financial year. Its operating margin increased to 2.3% (2007: 1.9%). MD Duncan Monroe said: “After a very poor previous year, operating profit has recovered.”== Coffee bean champ ==Sara Lee is to increase its commitment to using sustainable coffee by purchasing 26,500 tonnes of certified coffee beans in 2009. This figure would be approximately 30% more than in 2008.== Bakkavör rise ==Food manufacturing company, Bakkavör Group, has released its third-quarter trading results. Turnover has increased 10% in the first nine months to £1.2bn. However operating profit stands at £54.7m in the first nine months – a fall of 37% on the same 2007 period.== Enriched bread ==Bread, enriched with Vitamin A will soon be available in the Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City. Ruben’s Bakery has entered into an agreement with the Food and Nutrition Research Insitute to start using squash purée as a partial wheat subsitute for making pandesal and other forms of bread.last_img read more

Col. Bruce Hampton Takes Over The Wayne-O-Rama Art Space In Chattanooga [Gallery]

first_imgThe legendary Col. Bruce Hampton brought his wares to the Wayne-O-Rama in Chattanooga, TN last night, February 24th. The Wayne-O-Rama is an interactive art space that hosts a series of concerts, and the packed house was a perfect setting for Hampton’s unique musical display. The good Colonel played familiar tunes from his expansive catalog, including “Don’t Go In That Room,” “Basically Frightened,” “Space Is The Place” and more, including a cover of The Meters’ “Hey Pocky Way.” It was a great night of music for all!Check out the full gallery of images below, courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography. Load remaining imageslast_img

Steinke sentenced to four years

first_imgDon Steinke, a former assistant registrar at Notre Dame, was sentenced to four years in prison after violating his probation for a voyeurism conviction in March 2011, according to the South Bend Tribune. He was arrested and charged in 2011 after a woman found a camera pointed towards a toilet in a campus bathroom. St. Joseph County Superior Court Judge Jerome Frese ruled yesterday Steinke violated his probation by failing to seek mental health counseling after the March 2011 arrest, the report said. The initial incident was a Class D felony. The Tribune report said St. Joseph County prosecutors added three more charges of voyeurism in March 2012 after more cameras were found.  Steinke pleaded guilty to the four charges, which Frese  decided to treat as misdemeanors. The original punishment consisted of four years of probation and 20 hours of community service, according to the report. Frese ordered Steinke to seek counseling, but prosecutors filed a petition in February to revoke probation when Steinke failed to do so, the report said. An evidentiary hearing took place earlier this month, and the sentence for prison time came down yesterday.last_img read more

Fumigation workshops

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency has issued new regulations for on-farm soil fumigation. To help Georgia growers plan for these regulations, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Fruit and Vegetables Growers Association have organized a series of workshops.The workshops will start at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 in Statesboro, Oct. 27 in Tifton and Oct. 28 in Bainbridge. Stanley Culpepper, UGA Extension weed specialist, will be the main speaker at each location. For more information, call GFVGA at (706) 845-8200.last_img

Opening of new Calvin Coolidge exhibit postponed

first_imgThe opening of a new permanent exhibit that examines the life and times of President Calvin Coolidge is being rescheduled to a later date. ‘Calvin Coolidge: His Life & Legacy’ will not open as planned next month at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.  The state Division for Historic Preservation anticipates that the exhibit, which was scheduled to open Aug. 6, will debut later this year. ‘We are disappointed about the delay, but we simply need more time for an exhibit of this magnitude to be installed,’ said Vermont Historic Preservation Officer Giovanna Peebles. ‘When the exhibit opens, we’re confident that it will have been worth the wait.’ ‘Calvin Coolidge: His Life & Legacy’ will include interactive features, historic newsreels, a voice recognition station and a holographic image. The Division for Historic Preservation has worked closely with Media-FX, a Montreal-based design firm noted for its innovative, interpretive displays. Plymouth Old Home Day will still take place at the Coolidge site as scheduled on Aug. 6. Plymouth Old Home Day, which dates back to the early 20th century, unites town organizations in a fun-filled festival of historic music, traditional craft and farm demonstrations, wagon rides and culinary treats.  Plymouth Notch is considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country.  Twelve buildings are open to the public, including the Coolidge Homestead, Coolidge Birthplace, general store, village church, cheese factory (still making cheese using the original 1890 recipe) and 1924 summer White House office.  For more information about Plymouth Old Home Day or the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, call 802-828-3540 or visit www.HistoricVermont.org/Coolidge(link is external).last_img read more

U.S. Energy Lab Sees Battery-Storage Systems Lowering Electric Bills for Millions of Businesses

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:More than a quarter of U.S. businesses could lower their monthly power bills if they installed batteries to reduce peak energy demand.Companies that have demand charges of at least $15 per kilowatt would benefit from installing battery systems, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clean Energy Group found in a study of over 10,000 utility rate plans released Thursday.While falling battery costs and rising utility fees have made it possible for savings in high-cost states such as California and New York, the study shows that storing energy can be a profitable investment for at least a million commercial consumers in Georgia, Colorado, Michigan, Texas, Florida and New England. It’s a new tool companies can use to reduce costs in addition to investments in energy efficiency, solar panels and fuel cells.More: Batteries Can Cut Power Bills for 5 Million U.S. Businesses U.S. Energy Lab Sees Battery-Storage Systems Lowering Electric Bills for Millions of Businesseslast_img read more