first_img Previous Article Next Article How to be upwardly mobileOn 1 Jan 2002 in Auto-enrolment, Personnel Today PipThomas, 35, explains how her brand of emotional intelligence will boost herrole as training and development manager at One 2 One RetailHow long have you been in this role? One month. How long have you been with your organisation? Five months. What does your role involve? – A complete training needs analysis for stores and head office – Introduction of development programmes for employees – Specialist and professional qualifications – Nationwide NVQ programmes – Product and price plan training – Focus on levels of customer service and selling skills – Helping with the cultural change within the business. What’s the best thing about your job? The opportunity to be involved with the evolution of a successful retailbusiness. What is your current major project or strategic push? The rebranding of the company to One 2 One Retail. Preferred terminology: Training, development, learning Favourite buzzwords Visibility, focus, simplicity. Most loathed buzzwords “Why reinvent the wheel?” Are you good at self-development? Yes, learning is for a lifetime. What self-development have you done in the past six months? CIPD enrolment and personal coaching sessions. Where do you want to be in five years’ time? Still developing and facing bigger challenges and opportunities What was the most useful course you ever went on or learning experienceyou ever had? Coaching Skills with David Whitaker. This differentiated between coachingand training, demonstrating how coaching can help individuals identify issuesand work towards there own solution. Which is the best management book you have ever read or would recommend? Ken Blanchard’s The One-Minute Manager. What was the worst course you ever went on? First aid with the Girl Guides! What did you want to do for a living when you were at school? Work as a vet. What was your first job? A paper round at 13, followed by part time position in Richard Shops, thenstraight into a retail traineeship with the John Lewis Partnership. Thisinvolved a two-year training course leading to the position of section manager.I stayed with the John Lewis Partnership for 17 years. What was the best career decision you ever made? To give up my paper round! What was the worst career decision you ever made? I haven’t made one. Which of your qualifications do you most value and why? Qualification of life – personal experience and being worldly wise arevaluable assets when assessing people’s reactions and development issues. Evaluation -…holy grail or impossible dream? Evaluation is essential to identify ways of continued improvement. How do you think your job will have changed in five years’ time? To ensure One 2 One Retail becomes the leading mobile phone retailer, it isessential to recognise and evolve with customers’ needs. My role mustanticipate and grow with this. What do you think the core skills for your job will be in the future? Patience, creativity, good intuition, strong self-awareness and being agood motivator. What advice would you give to someone starting out in training anddevelopment? To become a team member through whatever opportunities available – this maybe through anything from team-working at school and college, to joining thescouts or the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. How do you network? By staying in contact with former colleagues and employers, contributing tobusiness magazines and socialising! If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Physiotherapist for the British Lions. Do you take your work home with you? In respect that training and development is something that continues in allaspects of one’s life, I find I tend to coach and develop my daughter andhusband, usually when they least want me too. What is your motto? “If you think you can, or you think you cannot, you are probablyright” – actually, it belongs to Henry Ford. How would you like to be remembered by your colleagues? As a proactive person who gets results. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgDepartment for Work and Pensions Age Positive at Work AwardOn 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Thisaward recognises organisations that can demonstrate commitment to achieving agepositive practices in the workplace. The judge looked for examples of bestpractice in the various stages of the employment process from recruitment andselection, training and development, through to promotion, redundancy andretirement. CategoryjudgeRobertTaylor is a director of Age Concern Cymru and a trustee of Age Concern England.His background includes social and youth work and in 1982 he took the post ofdirector of South Glamorgan Care for the Elderly. Over seven years he built theorganisation from two to 50 staff and established the first Hospital DischargeService, the first Coldline older persons winter helpline and support service,and the first carers information service in Wales. In 1989 he moved to AgeConcern as deputy director, and since 1991 he has held the post of director. Heregularly represents the views of older people in Wales.Inkfishcall centres (Nottingham)TheteamNo.in HR team 5, total number in HR 12, staff responsible for 552 in NottinghamRuthEbbern-Robinson, Call Centres HR managerAllie Granger, HR adviserDavid Colley, HR assistantIan Smith, Age positive representativeNatalie Coulton, HR recruiterJohn Whittaker, Senior HR adviserSharon Brosnan, HR recruiterInkfishCall Centres HR TeamAboutthe companyInkfishCall Centres is a subsidiary of Domestic & General Group, a provider ofbreakdown cover and services for domestic electrical equipment. It has callcentres in Brighton, Slough, Redhill and Nottingham offering information,sales, internet and technical support lines, market research, lead generationand overflow facilities. Employs 1,400 people.ThechallengeToincrease staff diversity and attract and retain higher numbers of older workerswho bring experience, loyalty, and reliability.Whatthe company did–Asked temporary recruitment agencies to meet and beat a 10 per cent target ofmature workers–Redesigned recruitment material, PR and interview methods to appeal to oldercandidates and reduce levels of age bias at interviews–Provided confidence-building induction training and support prior to callhandling–Designed flexible working packages –Recruited 10 mature advisers, appointed a ‘mature workers ambassador’, andproper mechanisms for older worker feedback–Introduced annual health checksBenefitsand achievements–Regular feedback on staff satisfaction and business performance–Staff can work beyond the state retirement age if they are fit to do so–All Inkfish call centres are now targeting mature workers–Empathy with callers has increased–Older workers bring a positive work ethic and are loyal–They have had a positive influence on younger staff membersRobertTaylor says: “Inkfish has demonstrated a commitment to work-lifebalance and equality of opportunity for all its staff. With non-discriminatorypolicies and practice in place and a clear strategy for achieving anage-diverse workforce already well developed, Inkfish has shown age is nobarrier to finding employment and job progression in its workforce.”ASDATheteamNo.in HR team 3 plus the HR managers in stores, total number in HR approx 500,Staff responsible for 120,000PhilipHorn, Head of resourcingDuncan Forbes, Resourcing managerAngela Martin, Resourcing managerSally Hopson, Director of resourcing & development Betty-Ann Kiddhunter, GreengrocerLloyd Belle-Nevis, Asda handymanDawn Pitchford, Claire Fuller, Jessica Kellman Resourcing managersResourcingTeamAboutthe companyAsdawas originally formed by a group of farmers from Yorkshire and became part ofthe Wal-Mart family in 1999. It now has 259 stores and 19 depots across the UK,employing 122,000 people in total.  ThechallengeToincrease the number of staff aged over 50 from 15,993 (15.4 per cent of staff)to 20 per cent by the end of 2003. Achieving a diverse workforce would reflectbusiness philosophy and underpin the company’s values. It would also ensurestaff were representative of the customers they serve.Whatthe company did–Introduced Asda Goldies, a store campaign on the benefits of working for Asda –Promoted Grandparent Leave (unpaid week off for birth of a grandchild) andBenidorm Leave (three months unpaid January-March)–Briefed target and initiative to whole company at conference and in-storebriefings–Produced potential recruit toolkit –Appointed greeters for candidates in stores and held events from tea dances toopen days–Rewarded stores that went that extra mileBenefitsand achievements–Increased older staff by 3.5 per cent to 18.9 per cent in just one year–Reduced staff turnover and absence–Built real team spirit in communicating the message into stores–Raised profile of commitment to diversity RobertTaylor says: “Asda has committed time, effort and enthusiasm toachieving a corporate approach to promoting age diversity across the company.The targeted campaign to recruit older workers is supported by age-friendlypolicies and a commitment to diversity from the top down and across all stores.Its success in attracting high numbers of mature staff speaks for itself.”BarclaysplcTheteamNo.in team 5, total number in HR approx 800Staff responsible for approx 74,400CharlotteSweeney, Diversity managerStuart Stephen, Pensions directorAnn Elliott, Resourcing & learning directorKaren Caddick, Head of HR policyDavid Weymouth, Chief information officerEqualityand Diversity TeamAboutthe companyOneof the UK’s largest financial services groups, Barclays operates in 60countries. It has been involved in banking for 300 years and employs 74,700staff globally.ThechallengeIn2001, Barclays put equality and diversity at the heart of its businessstrategy. But, like others, it had lost many older workers in rounds ofredundancies in the 1990s, compounded by a reduction in the number of externalrecruits. Barclays wanted to attract older staff and make HR aware of issuesinvolved, review retirement and recruitment policies, raise age diversityissues among staff and customers, and develop a Modern Apprenticeship scheme toattract younger people.Whatthe company did–Announced right to request flexible work–Reviewed all HR policies to ensure no age bias–Gave staff right to work until the age of 65–Raised age diversity awareness levels–Identified factors that were an issue for different age groups–Introduced long-service awardsBenefitsand achievements–Barclays now employs more people over 55 than under the age of 20–Over 55s up by nearly 400 in two years–More than 170 16 to 19-year-olds participated in Barclays’ ModernApprenticeship scheme–Barclays became an Age Positive Champion for the Government initiativeRobertTaylor says: “Barclays has spent several years reviewing anddeveloping its strategic approach to achieving an age diverse workforce. Aspart of its wider commitment to diversity in the workplace, its age strategy istargeted at both ends of the workforce age spectrum (16-20 and 50+) andincludes targeting of people aged 65 and over.” Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) provides regular and systematic reference information on the physical and biogeochemical ocean and sea-ice state for the global ocean and the European regional seas. CMEMS serves a wide range of users (more than 15,000 users are now registered to the service) and applications. Observations are a fundamental pillar of the CMEMS value-added chain that goes from observation to information and users. Observations are used by CMEMS Thematic Assembly Centres (TACs) to derive high-level data products and by CMEMS Monitoring and Forecasting Centres (MFCs) to validate and constrain their global and regional ocean analysis and forecasting systems. This paper presents an overview of CMEMS, its evolution, and how the value of in situ and satellite observations is increased through the generation of high-level products ready to be used by downstream applications and services. The complementary nature of satellite and in situ observations is highlighted. Long-term perspectives for the development of CMEMS are described and implications for the evolution of the in situ and satellite observing systems are outlined. Results from Observing System Evaluations (OSEs) and Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs) illustrate the high dependencies of CMEMS systems on observations. Finally future CMEMS requirements for both satellite and in situ observations are detailed.last_img read more

first_imgA bakery in Felling, Gateshead has closed voluntarily following an outbreak of E.coli in the area. Myers Bakery is currently being investigated as the possible source of the infection, which has so far been confirmed in nine adults, with six other possible cases in the Gateshead area, as British Baker went to press. All seven confirmed cases had purchased cooked meats or sandwiches from the shop before it closed on Wednesday 11 November. Dr Kirsty Foster of the Health Protection Agency said: “Myers Bakery’s owner is co-operating fully with the investigation and the shop remains closed while this continues.”last_img read more

first_imgPink Floyd fans got some great news earlier this year, when the band announced plans to reissue their iconic discography on high quality 180-gram vinyl. The band started the process by rolling out four of their albums from the late 1960s, including The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets, More, and Ummagumma.Now the next batch of albums are set to be released, as Atom Heart Mother, Meddle and Obscured By Clouds will all see reissues on September 23rd. These albums mark the rise of Pink Floyd’s popularity, as Atom Heart Mother became the band’s first number one album in the U.K. Of course, Meddle will always go down as one the band’s greatest albums, as tracks like “One Of These Days,” “Fearless,” and “Echoes” remain some of the greatest compositions in the Pink Floyd catalog.We can’t wait to hear these albums, and future releases should cover beloved albums like Dark Side Of The Moon, Animals, The Wall and more![H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

first_imgThe fourth annual Roots Rock Revival ended last week, and was, without a doubt, the best yet. What started as a Music Masters Camp thrown by Allman Brothers members Butch Trucks and Oteil Burbridge in conjunction with The North Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson has since grown to an extended family of southern-grown rockers. Tucked away in Big Indian, New York, up high in the Catskill Mountains, is a little place we call “camp” – and those who have attended know better than to ever miss another year again.This year’s camp featured instructors and musical guests Col. Bruce Hampton, Roosevelt Collier, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, DJ Logic, and members of Butch Trucks’ Freight Train Band Berry Duane Oakley Jr., Bruce Katz, Vaylor Trucks, and Heather Gillis. While these folks held the stage down night-by-night, campers were also invited to participate and play – making dreams come true across the board. With the Allman Brothers Band at the core of the week-long camp – complete with workshops, master classes, and river jams – this year’s Roots Rock Revival drew particularly interesting moments. With classes starting in the morning and lasting until dinnertime, campers (who ranged between 7 and 70 years old) were treated to an array of multi-level classes that had appeal for both musicians and fans alike. Between “Jam Etiquette 101” with Cody and Oteil, “The World According to Butch Trucks: An Open Forum and Discussion,” lessons about improvisation, slide guitar, and fingerpickin’ Q&As with Luther Dickinson, and “Listening- Developing Heightened Awareness with Oteil”, there was also “History of the Blues” with Bruce Katz, and an “All Things ABB” presentation by longtime manager Bert Hollman. Perhaps the most entertaining part of the week was the “Basically Freightened” Oteil-led interview with the Godfather of Jam himself, Col. Bruce Hampton, where we learned all about the twists and turns of being part of the Aquarium Rescue Unit.[“You gotta have your pegs turned straight if you wanna play with Col. Bruce Hampton.]While a schedule is in place to guide the days, the best parts about Roots Rock Revival are the unplanned moments. Sharing three meals a day with your idols and having the ability to ask them anything on the spot is a truly remarkable experience; their levels of engagement are unparalleled to any “beyond backstage” experience. But it is when these intimate moments extend into late-night jams with Luther by the river, impromptu vocal harmony groups with Oteil in the rain, 2AM “Boogie On Reggae Woman” jams with Butch, or poker matches with Col. Bruce Hampton by the fire-pit that truly resonate in having a profound impact on a very small group of people. Roots Rock Revival is exactly as its name describes. As Col. Bruce repeatedly mentioned throughout the week, “A revival is coming, and it’s coming very soon in our lifetime.” Butch shared the same sentiment, writing in a recap Facebook post that this year’s camp reached “the level of the spiritual. I swear if that group could have had another week or two we would have evolved into the next step of human development. Maybe even simply turned into spirits roaming the world emitting music perfectly.”Five days surrounded by like-minded individuals makes for a lifetime of lessons. Beyond just the instructors were the incredible people, vibe, and energy sourced from Full Moon Resort. Here’s an example of a late-night jam, conspired of friends old and new, down by the Esopus Creek:For more information about the camp, visit their website. The 2017 edition has been confirmed, and is promised to bring even more excitement than previous years. Rooms fill up extremely quickly, though there is plenty of space to camp.[All photos courtesy of Michael Bloom Photography & Sean Grinstead] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

first_img[photo by Joshua Lumsden] After a three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The String Cheese Incident have announced plans for Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. With their only other scheduled appearances at Element Music Festival in Princeton, Canada, Summer Meltdown in Darrington, WA, Oregon Eclipse in Crook County, OR, LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, VA, and Suwanne Hulaween in Live Oak, Florida, fans who prefer their cheese in a non-festival setting will be treated to two multi-night runs this Fall/Winter.EXCLUSIVE: Michael Kang Talks Element Music Festival, Koch Brothers, Algae, And MoreSCI will bring the show to The Chicago Theatre on Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th for a Thanksgiving special. To celebrate the New Year, SCI will illuminate The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Friday, December 29, Saturday, December 30, and Sunday, December 31. Ticketing information is not yet available, but you can definitely “save the dates.”last_img read more

first_imgMoody’s: Much of proposed U.S. LNG export capacity likely to be delayed for years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Oversupplied global LNG markets are struggling to rebalance from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic, and new export capacity under construction in the U.S. and elsewhere risks extending the gas glut into the mid-2020s, according to Moody’s Investors Service. This dynamic has created a significantly more difficult environment for commercially sanctioning new LNG projects, and it may cull their number in the U.S., the rating agency said.“The U.S. is still within reach of becoming the world’s largest LNG exporter by the mid-2020s,” Moody’s said in an Oct. 15 report, pointing to some 14 U.S. LNG projects that have federal permits but have not advanced to construction. “But virtually all of these new U.S. projects are still awaiting contract backing before beginning construction, and today’s oversupplied global LNG markets will likely delay much of this proposed capacity until at least well into the decade.”The gas glut in the early 2020s will create greater challenges in obtaining the long-term supply deals and pricing commitments that underpinned previous investments in LNG projects, Moody’s said.“The pandemic-related downturn has trimmed expectations of growth in fundamental long-term demand for LNG in the next five years and has increased investment risks on future capacity expansion projects designed to meet LNG demand beyond 2025,” Moody’s said.Competitive and financial hurdles have increased for LNG projects, which involve multibillion-dollar investments, high capital intensity, and long-term payback periods, according to the rating agency. Project developers also face increased competition, both from renewable energy sources that are growing at a rapid clip and from proposed large-scale expansions of LNG plants in Russia and Qatar. The large national LNG producers benefit from lower construction costs and low downstream costs, as well as sovereign backing and ownership of most of the local competitive resources.The growth of global LNG supplies will slow in 2021 and 2022, following a wave of capacity that came online last year, especially in the U.S. The world is struggling to absorb this increase in supply because of a sharp drop in demand that resulted from the coronavirus exacerbating already weak market conditions.[Corey Paul]More ($): Pandemic disruption may curb a raft of US LNG projects, Moody’s sayslast_img read more

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Eric Albitz, http://www.ericalbitz.com/Healthy Tip #35218: Catch a SunriseSet those early alarms, get the sleep out of your eyes, and follow this week’s healthy tip: Catch a Sunrise.Getting up early always feels good, except the actual process of climbing out of that comfy sleeping bag or warm covers. Get past that first obstacle of physical movement and suddenly the day is yours. If you can manage to see the morning darkness disappear, you have a fresh start and ample sunlight to enjoy the first day in a life of many.So crawl out of bed, stretch those sleepy-bones and shake things up a bit. For too many people, every day starts with obligations and hard work. Catch a sunrise and all those responsibilities can trail behind. Every day is an adventure; sleep can wait. Follow along and find fun in the sun, from sunrise to dawn and far, far beyond. Follow along as I try and quench that everlasting Adventure Thirst.Greetings from the trail,-BradFor past posts and previous adventures, check out the original blog at www.adventurethirsty.blogspot.com Foggy Sunrise Dragons Tooth Sunrise Photo courtesy of Eric Albitz, http://www.ericalbitz.com/center_img Photo courtesy of Eric Albitz, http://www.ericalbitz.com/ Sunrise in the forestlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Tests of soil samples from a six-acre wetlands in Deer Park confirmed that harmful toxins were illegally dumped on the property, authorities said Friday. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said the illegally dumped debris contained asbestos and other hazardous materials, including Dieldrin and Cobalt—the same substances discovered at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood and a second site in Central Islip. “This pile of toxins is a genuine threat to the health of the Great South Bay ecosystem, a network of streams, creeks and wetlands that are protected under federal and state law,” Suffolk DA Thomas Spota said in a statement. “Sediment from the pile is washing directly into the creek, and the person or persons who dumped this material is directly responsible for the contamination of a fragile marine environment.”The Deer Park dump site is adjacent to Sumpsams Creek. The site, which is on the Islip-Babylon Town border, is a protected wetlands area forming the Great South Bay watershed. The results come almost a month after Spota’s office revealed that carcinogens were dumped at Roberto Clemente Park. The illegal dumping probe includes two other sites in the Town of Islip: several homes on Veterans Way in Islandia and a Police Athletic League ball field on Clayton Street in Central Islip. Test of soil samples of the Deer Park debris also includes DDT, Lead, Arsenic, Benzofluoranthene and Zinc, the DA’s office said. The material contains semi-volatile organic compounds, pesticides and metals, authorities said. Investigators have provided asbestos and soil sample results to the Department of Environmental Conservation, Suffolk County Water Authority and Suffolk County Department of Health Services. In his statement, Spota said he believes “the same individuals and entities are responsible for this environmental crime,” but he did not identify any suspects.last_img read more