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first_imgThis week’s lettersLooking towards one-track future For the past 10 years, politicians, managers and employee relations expertshave believed the power of the trades unions has been broken. The break-up oflarge, unmanageable nationalised industries into smaller operating units wouldprovide competition and ensure a realistic approach to business from employeesand trade unions alike. There is some truth in this, but it is flawed in the case of railways. Thereisn’t much competition between the main train operating companies – most arenot performing well and employees still turn to their union when there is agrievance. If employers don’t react sensitively, industrial action will result.Different salaries and terms and conditions in companies with similar jobsand targets will lead to dissatisfaction and leapfrogging in salary growthwhich will be difficult to contain. It would be sensible for the basic terms and conditions in all trainoperating companies to be similar. This would be the baseline settlement, andcompanies would have freedom to establish performance-related elements, focusedon customer satisfaction. Arbitration should be accepted by both employers andunions before industrial action. ASLEF’s proposal to create a national bargaining arrangement appears torecognise the realities of employee relations, but it must not be a return tothe past. A modern, industry-wide approach could build on the accumulated experienceof industries such as chemicals and engineering. It would ensure the railindustry is seen as a more unified and integrated transport service. It is time Stephen Byers pressed senior management and union officials toget together to create a better employee relations process so improvements inthe rail service can be made. Reg Carr Partner, Innovate-HR High value of human capital I agree with the basic premise of ‘More than just a number’ (Features, 8January) – companies need to do more to demonstrate to stockmarket analysts theimportance of human capital and how it is managed. But there were twosignificant omissions. First, the increasing proportion of market capitalisation accounted for byintangible assets in our largest companies shows stockmarkets are indeedrecognising the importance of human capital. The work of expert researcherssuch as Baruch Lev demonstrates that analysts are becoming more skilled inmaking these valuations. Second, there is a wealth of evidence demonstrating the powerfulrelationship between effective investment in our people and long-term economicsuccess. All the CIPD’s sponsored-research in this area, by Sheffield University andthe likes of David Guest and John Purcell, supports this powerful relationship.Not to mention research in the US by Becker and Huselid, Collins and Porras,and Kotter. Research demonstrates answers do not lie in establishing spurious short-termcorrelations and indexes trying to prove relationships between a particular HRinitiative and short-term financial results. Rather, it is about adopting along-term, investment-focused approach to people, supported by a broad base ofeffect- ively implemented HR practices. This is the research data and message we should bombard the analysts with.And if their employers had adopted a similar approach, maybe fewer of themwould have been made redundant last year. Duncan Brown Principal Towers Perrin, Chair CIPD Rewards Forum Outsourcing is inevitable The outsourcing trend is inevitable and should deliver both qualitative andquantitative improvement for organisations (News, 8 January). One would hope any HR intervention worth its salt would be measured in thevalue that accrues to the business. Most companies want outsourcing both to add value and reduce costs. With theinvestment in technology and best practice required to manage thebusiness-to-employee relationship it makes sense for companies to outsourcewhat is critical, but not core, and focus on added-value services. HR professionals complain they get bogged down in the transactional part oftheir business leaving no time for transformational issues. Outsourcing givesthem this opportunity. Penny de Valk Managing director, Ceridian Performance Partners LettersOn 22 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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People

first_imgPeopleOn 26 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article For a football fan from Southampton it’s a time of new beginnings – with adifferent manager at the helm and a new ground at St Mary’s it’s the start of afresh era. Mike Young is also at the start of his new role as HR director forcorporate communications firm Avaya. He joins the company after 17 years in the profession, most recently with BTsubsidiary BTopenworld. He was recruited by Avaya (which incidentally also hasa soccer connection as an official partner at the 2002 World Cup) to help drivebusiness transformation and employee development. He will report to the European HR director and has been charged withmanaging a pilot programme engaging employees in the long-term strategy of thebusiness: “What I really want to do is make the company a place where people wantto come and work. We need a good brand behind us because there is fiercecompetition for talent in the market,” he says. He will also take responsibility for the employee development programme, whichfocuses on cultivating skills in high growth areas of the business. Young, who is married with two children, also enjoys golf and is settlinginto the position while enjoying the new challenge. “What I really enjoyis being at an American company because people seem to be very open. Thesystems are very flexible and fluid and I hope I’m bringing a bit of that tothe management style.” CV2001 HR director for UK, Ireland & Nordics, Avaya 2000 Vice-president of HR, BTopenworld 1996 Head of HR, BT Enterprises and BT Product Solutions 1994 HR director, Cellnet On the moveIT services provider Synstar hasappointed Julian McCarthy as HR director. In addition to developing HRstrategy, McCarthy will sit on the operations board. He joins from NortelNetworks where he was responsible for HR across Europe, Africa and the MiddleEast. He will be based at Synstar’s international headquarters in Bracknell.Kay Holloway is the new personnelofficer at managed pub and bar firm Barracuda. She took up the post earlierthis month at the Buckinghamshire-based company which employs more than 2,400staff. Holloway joins from JD Wetherspoon where she was personnel and trainingsupport manager. Her role includes handling recruitment issues on-site at pubsand clubs around the country. She is also responsible for creating recruitmentliterature and advertising.Aberdeen-based energy servicesbusiness Wood Group has recruited Maureen McKellar as HR director. The globalcompany works across 30 countries in four separate energy-related businesses.McKellar, who has more than 20 years experience in the field, moves fromRailtrack where she was an HR manager. She has also worked for ScottishAmicable (now part of the Prudential Group) and the NHS. In her new role shewill develop a framework for people management as well as best practice in HR. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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US 4th Fleet, Chilean Navy Participate in ONC

first_img View post tag: ONC Delegates from U.S. 4th Fleet met with members of the Chilean navy Nov. 25-26 during the annual Operational Naval Committee (ONC) conference hosted by 4th Fleet at Naval Station Mayport.The purpose of the ONC to discuss and plan upcoming maritime operations, exercises, and theater security cooperation events that the U.S. and Chile intend to conduct.The ONC brings together representatives from the U.S. and Chilean navy so they may meet in person and share insights on their countries mutual goals of maritime security in Latin America.Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/Commander U.S. 4th Fleet welcomed the Chilean delegates and talked about the importance of the ONC.“This is a great opportunity for our navies to continue building on the close friendship, strong cooperation and mutual respect that is essential in our partnership of equals. Our navies have a very long history together in the Americas and beyond. And we are committed to enhancing stability and prosperity for both our nations,” Harris said.The U.S. and Chile have a strong maritime partnership and have conducted several multinational exercises and operations together. In 2010, Chile hosted the Pacific phase of UNITAS 52, where USS Boone (FFG 28) and USS Thach (FFG 43) along with ships from four other countries participated in the two-week long multinational exercise designed to enhance security cooperation and improve coalition operations.Teamwork South, a biannual exercise focusing heavily on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) was also conducted in 2010 off the coast of Chile. The exercise allowed for joint ASW operations utilizing surface, air and underwater assets from the Chilean, French, Royal and U.S. navies. Additionally in October, a four-man team from MDSU 2 assisted Chilean officials as they searched for a Chilean aircraft that crashed off the coast of Chile.In Feb. of 2013, the U.S. and Chilean navy participated in the Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI) and CHILEMAR IV.DESI is a partnership that allows the United States and other partner navies to work together to train and test underwater warfare capabilities through engagement tactics, weapon system tests and close encounter operations. This particular training evolution helps the American and Peruvian navies train their crews and test capabilities while helping foster bilateral cooperation and further improve joint interoperability.CHILEMAR is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Chile, which is designed to demonstrate interoperability between U.S. submarine rescue systems and Chilean submarines. The exercise also promotes greater understanding and cooperation between the U.S. and Chile.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet employ maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, November 27, 2013; Image: Navy Training & Education View post tag: 4th November 27, 2013 US 4th Fleet, Chilean Navy Participate in ONC View post tag: US Back to overview,Home naval-today US 4th Fleet, Chilean Navy Participate in ONC View post tag: Navy View post tag: fleet View post tag: Chilean View post tag: participate Share this articlelast_img read more

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Julius Tomin protests in Oxford

first_imgCherwell learned of the visit after several of our staff received unsolicited invitations via email to an online lecture in lieu of one Tomin had been hoping to host in Balliol. He said in the email, addressed to Oxford students, “May I appeal to you: Would you raise your voice in support of my request?”In the emails, he claimed that he asked the Master of Balliol for a platform in the college to present a lecture on “Human Spiritual Nature and the X of Neurophysiologists.” He claims he was refused a public platform by the college.In response, Tomin travelled from his home in the Cotswolds to stand outside Balliol on Monday. He then spent two hours discussing philosophy with passers by.  He held a sign with the words, “A philosopher from Prague appeals to Oxford academics: LET US DISCUSS HUMAN NATURE’.”Tomin has a long history of engagement with the University. Balliol College invited Tomin to Oxford to give a series of lectures in 1980, hoping to afford him some political protection at home but knowing that permission to travel was likely to be denied. In September 1980, he  succeeded in reaching the UK. Balliol paid a stipend and supported Tomin for six months; a society for the protection of learning gave funds for another eighteen months; and finally some academics used their own funds channelled through a charity to support Tomin while he applied unsucessfully for jobs.However, Tomin’s connection with Oxford is complicated. In 1979, responding to an invitation from Tomin, several academics travelled to Prague (in solidarity with him) to lecture at Tomin’s unofficial seminars. These were repeatedly disrupted by the police, and some of the academics interrogated and expelled, though not injured. Tomin alleges that even at this early stage some of the visitors were keen to expose his ability to translate and read aloud in Greek, in an effort to discredit him.Undergraduate classicists contacted by Cherwell were reluctant to comment on Tomin’s visit. Barbara Day’s book The Velvet Philosophers, which details the story of how academics in the former Czechoslovakia   worked with their Western contemporaries in secret, references an Oxford don who found Tomin “ill equipped to deal with the competitive academic world of the west.”The professor told Cherwell, “I don’t think anything is to be gained by going once more into this sad case.” Other members of the University, speaking off the record, saw Tomin’s confrontational style of debate as the underlying cause of his alienation from Oxford academia. Julius Tomin ran underground philosophy seminars in Prague, and was visited by prominent academics from Oxford including William Newton-Smith, Anthony Kenny and Kathy Wilkes. However upon reaching the UK he failed to find academic work and has since complained of being side-lined because of his radical theories on Plato.Academically, Tomin’s main departure with mainstream Classical thinking is over the dating of the Phaedrus, relative to other works by Plato. Tomin, uniquely among scholars, dates it as Plato’s first work, which if true would undermine a substantial body of accepted scholarship on the subject. He also insists on studying texts in the original Greek without translation, and out loud whenever possible. His website offers Greek recordings of the New Testament as a study aid for  students.Through the internet and email, Tomin has been able to publish open letters and papers freely, where before he struggled to have his work published in British journals.last_img read more

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Thursday Update: Beaches Closed at 50th and 51st Streets

first_imgThe Ocean City Beach Patrol is storing a stand and rescue boat near the streetside bulkhead as beach replenishment work continues on the other side of the dune at 50th Street. Check OCNJ Daily for updates and photos of the Ocean City beach replenishment project for 2015 in the south end between 37th and 59th Streets.DATE: Thursday, August 20The edge of the project area as seen from 50th Street on Thursday, Aug. 20.PROGRESS: As of 2 p.m. Thursday, the beach is closed at 50th Street and 51st Street. Work to touch up the area between 52nd Street and 55th Street is complete. The pipeline now extends to a point midway between 50th and 51st Streets.Work on the project resumed Thursday (Aug. 13) after an 11-week delay for dredge repairs. The beaches between 37th Street and 47th Street are complete.WHAT’S NEXT: The project will proceed from 51st Street to 47th Street, then from 55th to 59th (by late September).READ MORE: Ocean City NJ Beach Replenishment 2015 Daily UpdateFOR DAILY UPDATES by E-MAIL: Sign up for freelast_img read more

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Press release: Green light for £1 billion trans-Pennine transformation

first_imgThe consultation will also offer opportunities to find out details about how each option will balance local access needs with the needs of trans-Pennine traffic, while also catering for slow moving vehicles such as farm traffic, walkers, cyclists and horse riders.Transport for the North’s Major Roads Director, Peter Molyneux, said: Today’s consultation launch sets out the ideas for each of the remaining section of single carriageway. They include: The A66 is both a nationally important road, linking Penrith in Cumbria with Scotch Corner in North Yorkshire and a key regional route. It is a hugely important route for freight traffic across the United Kingdom and as the main link to the Lake District and North Pennines to the East of England.Upgrading the A66 route will provide enormous benefits to people living locally but will also change the way people travel round the UK, improving connections from Scotland to the east coast of England and Belfast’s port traffic, via Stranrear, onwards to ports including Hull and Felixstowe.Highways England is now developing plans to fully dual the remaining single carriageway sections of the A66, which total 18 miles of the 50 mile route and this is the first opportunity for members of the public to get involved.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: We are investing a record £13 billion to improve journeys across the North of England. Dualling the A66 will not only mean drivers’ journeys are quicker, safer and more reliable across the Pennines, but is part of our pledge to ensure that the business opportunities of the Northern Powerhouse spread out from the great cities of the North of England to every city, town and rural community from the Midlands to the Scottish Lowlands. Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: Allowing through traffic from the M6 or the north east to bypass congested Kemplay Bank Roundabout Dualling the existing three mile section between Penrith and Temple Sowerby including a new junction arrangement for Center Parcs at the western end and an optional short bypass to avoid High Barn at the eastern end A new bypass north or south of Kirkby Thore and north of Crackenthorpe – following the route of the old railway line or the old Roman road Providing an upgrade of the five mile single carriageway between Appleby and Brough – freeing up the existing A66 for local access-only traffic as well as walkers, cyclists and horse riders Re-designing and improving the junction with the A67 at Bowes to allow full westbound and eastbound access and exit to and from a newly dualled 1.9 mile section of the single carriageway Dualling the existing road between Cross Lane and Rookley with options for a short bypass of St Mary’s Church and Old Rectory at the eastern end of the 1.8 mile section Similarly, dualling the existing four mile section between Stephen Bank and Carkin Moor but with three different options, including short bypasses – for the eastern end The A66 connects businesses, communities and families across the north of England, and this highly anticipated upgrade is great news for the local, and regional economies and will improve the national road network. We’re pleased to be going out to the local community to consult on the options for the scheme. I would like to thank all our local partners who have supported us to get the project to this stage and I would encourage everyone with an interest in the scheme to get involved with this consultation. We welcome the launch of this consultation on options for dualling the remaining sections of the single carriageway of the A66, linking the M6 and the A1(M). This will improve east/west connectivity on this vitally important route, which will enable economic growth and improved opportunities across the north. More information about the project, including consultation events and a sign-up link for regular email updates, is available on our A66 Northern Trans-Pennine scheme page.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

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Vermont tourism official Hakins joins The Essex Resort & Spa

first_imgThe Essex, Vermont s Culinary Resort & Spa, has expanded its management team by hiring a leading statewide tourism sales executive. Dave Hakins, former Executive Director of the Vermont Convention Bureau (VCB) and Vermont Sports & Events Council (VSEC), has joined The Essex as Director of Business Development. We re fortunate to attract a sales pro of Dave s caliber and experience to introduce new sales programs and to identify new markets to leverage our exciting assets, said Jim Glanville, Vice President & General Manager of The Essex. We plan to prosper in this difficult environment by continuing to make smart hiring and expansion decisions.  Before leading VCB and VSEC, Hakins was Director of Sales and Promotion for the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing in Governor Jim Douglas administration. Hakins is a member of the Management Committee of the Vermont Hospitality Council, member of the Champlain College adjunct faculty in Hospitality Industry Management, lectures on hospitality management at the University of Vermont, and writes and speaks extensively on group travel, conference-planning and event-marketing. Before returning to his native Vermont a few years ago, Hakins was CEO of a nationally acclaimed meeting, conference and event-planning firm in New Jersey with a Fortune 100 client roster for nearly 20 years and Vice President of Corporate Promotion for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York for eight years prior.Source: The Essex.last_img read more

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Indonesia overtakes Japan as virus upends aviation pecking order

first_imgIndonesia has overtaken Japan to become the world’s third-biggest aviation market as airlines continue to slash passenger capacity because of the coronavirus, according to OAG Aviation Worldwide.The country’s scheduled capacity is now 2.1 million seats, down 7.8% from last week, but just ahead of Japan’s after a drop of nearly 15% there. Chinese capacity rose 7.2% to 8.7 million seats, making it the biggest market. The U.S. has fallen nearly 27% to 8.2 million this week, data from OAG show.A resilient domestic market has helped shield Indonesia to a degree, though capacity is still down 33% from the Jan. 20 week and virus containment efforts are being stepped up amid warnings that infections could climb to 95,000 by the end of next month from about 4,500 now. President Joko Widodo last week banned government employees from traveling during Ramadan and urged the public to avoid taking trips at what is typically a peak travel time in the world’s fourth-most populous nation. “Domestic markets have fared much better than international sectors,” OAG analyst John Grant wrote in his weekly blog, noting that domestic capacity accounts for 85% of all seats globally. China helped drive a 1% weekly recovery in Northeast Asia with 600,000 additional domestic seats, according to OAG.“Increasing demand and the seasonal May holidays are expected to see further recovery in this particular market,” Grant said. The “Big Three” of Air China Ltd., China Southern Airlines Co. and China Eastern Airlines Corp. all reported increases in week-on-week capacity, he said.Many regional markets are operating at less than 15% of historic capacity. On Jan. 20, 790 airlines planned to operate scheduled services compared with 590 this week, a drop of 25%, Grant said. Some carriers that usually would operate over 1 million seats a week at this time of year aren’t flying at all, such as Ryanair Holdings Plc, EasyJet Plc, AirAsia BHD and Turkish Airlines, he added.“The middle to end of May appears the latest thinking in terms of bringing back some capacity but the situation remains extremely fluid,” Grant said. “Next week’s data will take us below the 30 million weekly seats mark from which point we look forward to seeing capacity growth return.”OAG previously forecast that cuts could bottom nearer 40 million seats. Topics :last_img read more

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Garuda chief urges govt to focus on tourism recovery instead of ’10 new Balis’

first_imgThe Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry expects a full recovery of foreign tourist arrivals by 2025, while it estimates foreign tourist arrivals to reach between 2.8 million and 4 million visitors this year, well below the government’s initial target of 18 million.Bali reopened for domestic tourists in late July, and instantly welcomed a rush of around 4,000 passengers via I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on the reopening days. It is planning to open its borders to international tourists on Sept. 11.Read also: Tourism stakeholders focus on infrastructure, long-term investment amid slumpDespite his criticism of the government’s tourism development plan, Irfan said he fully supported the President’s plan to establish a state-owned enterprises (SOEs) holding for tourism and the aviation industry, which he said could integrate the effort to attract high-spending tourists to Indonesia.“The SOEs holding could be effective if we put our focus on the tourism sector. We shouldn’t get into the technicalities, but rather work together with state-owned tourism companies to lure in high-spending tourists,” he said.Jokowi previously announced on Aug. 6 that he was considering forming a holding company for aviation and tourism SOEs to help integrate companies’ management and consolidate the management of airlines, airports, tourist destination operators and hotels.Topics : National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra has urged the government to reconsider its plan to develop 10 new tourist destinations and instead focus on tourism recovery amid the current COVID-19 crisis, which continues to batter the sector.The 10 destinations refer to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s program to develop emerging tourist destinations, including Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur in Central Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara and Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara.The airline suggested that the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry focus its tourism revival effort on a single tourist spot to attract foreign tourists given the slump in visitors in recent months, Irfan stated on Thursday. “When someone buys a ticket to travel, they will only go to one destination. [Too many destinations] might be distracting,” he said during an online discussion held by the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA).“So we [Garuda and the ministry] are currently discussing focusing on one or two destinations so we can bring in domestic and international visitors.”He added that Bali remained the top destination for airlines during the pandemic.The COVID-19 crisis has battered foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia amid international border closures and travel restrictions. Foreign visits plummeted 59.96 percent year-on-year to 3.09 million in the first half of the year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show.last_img read more

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ISP hiring dispatchers

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for two Regional Dispatcher positions at the Versailles Post to help staff its Regional Dispatch Center.A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required as well as the ability to successfully pass a typing test.The applicant should reside within driving distance of the Versailles Regional Dispatch Center.The deadline for applications is December 27, 2016.last_img

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