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first_img Previous Article Next Article …in briefOn 19 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. This week’s news in briefRules of engagement The European directive on staff consultation has been adopted by theEuropean Parliament. The new rules will oblige companies to inform and consultwith employees on matters relating to the employment situation and companydevelopments. Companies with more than 150 employees will have three years toimplement the changes after it is drafted into UK law.  www.europarl.eu.intBA cuts more jobs British Airways is to cut 5,800 jobs, abandon flight routes and reduce thesize of its fleet in a bid to reduce costs by £650m a year. The cuts, whichinclude a third of head office and support jobs, will take the total of jobsaxed at BA since August 2001 to 13,000 – 23 per cent of the airline’s workforceof 56,700.   www.britishairways.comRoyal Mail strike call Royal Mail management has been accused of ‘provoking unofficial industrialaction’ by the Communication Workers Union, with national postal strikesplanned for March. The union is campaigning for a 5 per cent pay rise but RoyalMail has offered 2 per cent. Options to be discussed include 24-hour strikes,an overtime ban or a refusal to work Saturdays.  www.consignia.comIn work figures high The number of people in work stands at a record high since records began in1979, at 28.2m, according to the Office for National Statistics. Despite this,the number of people out of work in the UK increased by 34,000 in the pastthree months. The figures also reveal the average number ofhours worked inOctober to December 2001 was 32.6 per week.  www.statistics.gov.ukHeritage dispute English Heritage staff are set to decide on strike action over a 3.5 percent pay award. Staff members of union Prospect are being balloted on actionthat could affect hundreds of popular tourist attractions, such as Stonehengeand Battle Abbey. Prospect says the ballot follows a series of low paysettlements at English Heritage.  www.prospect.org.ukHeavy industry woe Pay deals in engineering and manufacturing firms are continuing to fall,according to the Engineering Employers’ Federation. Average settlements for thethree months to January fell by 0.1 per cent to 2.3 per cent compared with theprevious quarter. The EEF said more than 60 firms have frozen their pay. Itclaims the manufacturing and engineering sector is firmly depressed.  www.eef.org.uklast_img read more

Firm beats skills shortage with new refugee recruits

first_imgA Shropshire plant hire firm is recruiting refugees in an effort to combatskills shortages. Hawk Plant Hire, which provides heavy machinery and operators across thecountry, is training refugees as dump-truck drivers to combat high staffturnover and problems with recruitment. Dan Evans, operations recruitment executive for Hawk, said four refugeesstarted work at the company this month following a two-week training programme.A further eight are due to start soon. The recruits are from various countries, mainly Iran, but also Russia,Albania and Somalia. “They are paid well, which helps to retain them. They are also providedwith transport – a scooter or van,” said Evans. “If we can attract and train refugees, we are more likely to keepthem.” Evans said the company, which employs 200 drivers, had initially facedproblems recruiting refugees because not enough is done to get them employment.Hawk turned to freelance consultant Simon Coates to find out how to accessrefugee recruits. Coates said there needs to be a more cohesive approach to help refugees intowork. “Employers often have to work quite hard to find refugeeworkers,” he said. Both Coates and Evans backed Personnel Today’s Refugees in Employmentcampaign calling for a national refugee skills database and for the Governmentto make it simpler to recruit refugees. Coates believes many employers miss out on recruiting good quality refugeeworkers because companies are concerned they might have difficulty gettingsettled and have immediate money problems. By Quentin ReadeProgress so far in the campaignPersonnel Today has been campaigning over the past year for the Governmentto introduce a co-ordinated strategy to get asylum-seekers and refugees – whoare often highly-skilled – into employment. Many organisations – from hospitals to blue-chip IT giants – still faceskills shortages, despite the economic downturn. Joint research by PersonnelToday and the Refugee Council showed that 60 per cent of refugees areunemployed for more than a year. Former immigration minister Lord Rooker promised that a skills databasewould be introduced to keep a record of the skills and qualifications ofasylum-seekers, and enable the Employment Service to match refugees toappropriate work (News, 8 January). A Government spokesperson said an integration strategy, which will includeemployment measures, will be released later this year. Personnel Today iscontinuing to campaign for the benefit of employers and refugees. The campaign aims: – Introduce a standard permission-to-work document for refugees – A commitment to cutting red tape for employers who want to recruit refugees– Introduce a skills database for refugees and employers – Produce concrete plans to co-ordinate the employment of refugees Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Firm beats skills shortage with new refugee recruitsOn 20 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Troops to be screened for effects of war in Iraq

first_imgTroops to be screened for effects of war in IraqOn 1 Mar 2004 in Military, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article British troops who fought in Iraq last year are to be screened to find outhow the war affected them physically and psychologically. It is hoped the study will give the military an early warning of any trendsin illnesses since the conflict. In particular, the Ministry of Defence wantsto assess the mental impact of the war, and whether soldiers are experiencingsymptoms similar to the ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ suffered by many veterans of the1991 conflict. Trauma associated with ‘friendly fire’ incidents, which played a large partin the conflict, is also expected to come under the spotlight. The post-TELIC (the British operation in Iraq) screening programme will alsolook at factors such as vaccinations given to protect against germ warfare, theuse of depleted uranium and any particular stress factors arising out of theconflict. It will be led by Simon Wessely, professor of psychiatry at King’s College,London. Related posts:center_img Comments are closed. Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…last_img read more

RICCIO, SUSAN (nee: Fleher)

first_img50, of Lyndhurst, NJ, passed away on June 24, 2018. Wife of Lou Riccio. Mother of Dante and Luciano Riccio. Sister of Richard, Laura, and the late Stephanie Fleher. Aunt of Jordan, Amber, and Siena. Daughter-in-law to Lou & Elisa Riccio and sister-in-law to Fran & her husband Ronald Townes. Also survived by Mary Krywy and several other friends. In lieu of flowers and mass cards, donations may be made to Lyndhurst Little League, Lyndhurst Parks Department, 250 Cleveland Ave, Lyndhurst NJ 07071.Funeral arrangements by IPPOLITO-STELLATO Funeral Home, 425 Ridge Rd., Lyndhurst, NJ.last_img read more

Show-stopping sarnie

first_img’Tis the season for celebrity chefs to pepper the press with sumptuous-looking festive book-plugging recipes. So we doff our caps in the direction of gastro boffin Heston Blumenthal for going against the grain and phoning in this Christmas show-stopping sarnie to freebie paper Metro. Over to you, Blumers… “Heat some Bird’s Eye frozen peas, crush them with butter, salt and pepper, then take a slice of Mother’s Pride white bread and butter with Anchor butter. Spread the crushed peas over the bread and top with half a white truffle.”last_img read more

IGD: the health debate is at ‘tipping point’

first_imgThe health debate around obesity has reached a “tipping point”. That is the view of Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of food and consumer goods research charity IGD. She told delegates at IGD’s Big Debate that the organisation’s analysis showed 56% of consumers were sceptical of nutrition advice.She said: “While food companies are working hard to improve the nation’s nutrition – for example, by reformulating products or offering healthier options – obesity is still on the rise. Three quarters of shoppers feel that healthy eating is mainly about personal responsibility, but they do want more help from the industry.“The first task is to help clear up confusion. We’re bombarded with health messages from so many sources and, often, they conflict. No wonder over half of shoppers (56%) are sceptical that the current nutrition advice is correct. The industry needs to give the clearest, simplest and most consistent messages – including information on packs.”CampaignEarlier on at the Big Debate, IGD president and Asda boss Andy Clarke launched a new Healthy Eating campaign, which will include a major drive to educate consumers on the use of front-of-pack traffic-light labelling, as well as a drive to improve health among the food and drink workforce of more than three million people.Denney-Finch said the Healthy Eating programme had “huge backing” from across the industry and was likely to spark a raft of innovation in health from retailers.“In the future we’re likely to see the layout of stores, the merchandising of displays and the planning of promotions all re-thought, with healthy eating to the fore,” she said.last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Debut Duran Duran Cover In NYC [Full Show Video]

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits | PlayStation Theater | New York City, NY | 12/30/2017 | Photos: Andrew Scott Blackstein Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | PlayStation Theater | New York City, NY | 12/30/2017Set I: King of the World, Magellan, Shelby Rose-> Crystal Ball (inverted)-> Hall of the Mountain KingSet II: Spraypaint Victory-> Sound One-> Munchkin Invasion (ending), Confrontation-> Munchkin Invasion-> Sweating Bullets-> ConfrontationEncore: Rio (Duran Duran) Last night, The Disco Biscuits continued their four-night New Year’s Eve run at New York City’s PlayStation Theater. After two nights that have seen the band playing at their finest, Saturday night’s show was no different, as the group kept up the high energy and tight musicianship for the third night in a row.The first set on Saturday started off with “King Of The World”, and highlights of the set included the jam coming out of “Shelby Rose” and the particularly explosive set-ending “Hall of the Mountain King”—a beloved cover by Edvard Grieg that the group busted out after thirteen years during the last night of their Colorado run in November.For the group’s second set, the Disco Biscuits came out guns blazing, starting things off with “Spraypaint Victory” and not easing up til the end of the show. After “Sound One”, a huge transition led through to the ending of “Munchkin Invasion” before the group hit “Confrontation” with a vengeance. Distinctly more trancey than set one, set two finished out strong with a return to “Munchkin Invasion” then “Sweating Bullets” and “Confrontation”.  To end out the show in full, the band offered up the debut cover of Duran Duran’s “Rio”.You can check out video of the show below, courtesy of The Disco Biscuits. Plus, check out photos from the show below, courtesy of Andrew Blackstein.center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Bringing Desktop Virtualization to the Enterprise in a Big Way!

first_imgAs business users become more comfortable and even dependent on mobile computing, virtual desktops have seen a resurgence as a way to serve users the resources they need, where they need them and in a secure managed environment. These objectives are only further complicated by larger trends in end-user computing such as the continued migration to Windows 10, further adoption of GPU-accelerated applications, and a growing, just-in-time and remote workforce. With the launch of Ready Solutions for VDI on VxBlock, you can easily deploy virtual desktops on one of the leading converged infrastructure platforms available.At VMworld, Dell EMC announced new validation and guidance for the VxBlock 1000 for VDI workloads. This documentation is designed to streamline the design, sizing, and deployment of VDI workloads running in dedicated or mixed environments on the VxBlock 1000. With specific guidelines based on typical user workloads from basic, knowledge worker, and power users, you can now easily build a non-unique environment on tier-1 technology for your unique business needs.For external validation, we asked the Evaluator Group to conduct research on the true cost of running VDI over a three year period. As with many workloads, customers are always considering whether it’s viable and cost-effective to move workloads to the public cloud, and virtual desktops are no different. Even for us, the results were pretty surprising.At 10,000 users and the lightest user-type they tested, VxBlock was 20% less expensive than the public cloud. For power users, the savings jumped to 45%. This is before factoring in the improved manageability, security, and reusability of the VxBlock 1000, which closes the book on the question of where to run VDI workloads.This announcement is only the start of what we have planned around VDI, with more coming later this year. Leave us a note in the comments on how you’re using virtual desktops, and what you’d like to see next from us in this space. All the research and documents referenced can be found in the notes below.Read the Evaluator Group report on running VDI on VxBlock vs AWSDownload our latest validation and documentation on the VDI Info HubKeep in touch on twitter @DellEMC and @DellTechcloud.last_img read more

British man runs marathon in his 20-foot backyard during COVID-19 lockdown

first_imgGeorgia tells residents to watch out for spring bear sightings On Wednesday, James Campbell of Cheltenham, England, ran 26.2 miles in his 20-foot backyard. The fete took over five hours. Tens of thousands tuned in to watch the live stream as Campbell ran back and forth between his back door and his garden shed in what he deemed the #6MetreGardenMarathon. The outdoor industry continues to come through in a big way during the pandemic. The most recent example is Osprey’s announcement that their Cortez, Colorado-based warranty and repair team will exclusively sew fabric masks that they will distribute to Southwest Memorial Hospital and the local health department. Osprey’s team has the capacity to sew 100 fabric masks a day. The masks can be worn over N95 medical-grade masks. “In this unprecedented time, I am inspired by our team’s response,” said Layne Rigney, President of Osprey Packs. “The repair team is giving our entire company something to be proud of.” Spring is here and bears are emerging from their dens after a winter of dormancy (biologists call it “torpor.”) Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is reminding residents that spring sightings of black bears are common at this time of year and should be expected.  Photo from Getty Imagescenter_img Campbell is a competitive javelin thrower and told the Washington Post he had been feeling bored and restless during the coronavirus lockdown. His effort raised $22,000 for Britain’s National Health Service’s effort to fight COVID-19. “As you can imagine, bears and hungry and ready to find food when they leave those dens. This search for food can sometimes put them a little too close to people,” says Adam Hammond, a state bear biologist. To say safe, Hammond advises the public never to feed or approach bears; secure food, garbage and recycling bins; remove bird feeders when bears are active; never leave pet food outside; clean and store grills; and let your neighbors know if you see bears in your neighborhood. Osprey’s warranty and repair team to exclusively sew masks for healthcare workers British man runs marathon in his 20-foot backyard during COVID-19 lockdownlast_img read more

Joint Strategies Established at Security Summits

first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo April 13, 2017 The 2017 Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Security Summit (CABSEC), and the South American Security Summit (SAMSEC) were held in Panama City March 21st to 23rd with 136 leaders in attendance from 27 nations associated with maritime security issues looking to implement strategies to fight organized crime. “The summit’s goals were met, but beyond that, we were able to forge bilateral relationships that will enable us to work together more effectively among nations,” said Rodrigo Cigarruista, president of CABSEC/SAMSEC in Panama and Security and Surveillance manager for the Panama Canal. In attendance were top naval officials and representatives from the national defense and security ministries, as well as other personalities associated with the security and defense sectors of Antigua and Barbados, the Bahamas, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the United States. “Without a doubt, we have initiated a profound regional change in national security policies on fighting crime and violence,” said Aarón Pérez, secretary general of the Panamanian Ministry of Security, during the opening ceremony. He highlighted the importance of nations working together in the struggle against organized crime. “It is a great honor for Panama [to be hosting] such an important forum, which truly promises to be a space for open dialogue,” said Commissioner Belsio González, general director of the Panamanian Air and Naval Service (SENAN, per its Spanish acronym). “Sharing our experiences is important because you learn about, and apply other nations’ knowledge and successes.” CABSEC/SAMSEC attendees held joint meetings early in the morning, and later each group met in individual sessions. At the end of each day, participants broke into groups to summarize the issues discussed. Issues discussed Drug trafficking, terrorism, contraband, corruption, and other types of organized crime threatening the security of the nations, regions, and residents of the planet, were among the issues analyzed during the summit. Exhibitors made various presentations in which they highlighted the importance of working in a coordinated way since organized crime networks operate without consideration to borders or regions. “Nations need to join into a regional maritime structure so that sea power is leveraged and [we can] provide rapid responses to events happening at sea that might affect our countries. We need to close these spaces off to organized crime,” said Vice Admiral Félix Alburquerque, the Dominican Republic’s deputy minister of Defense for Naval Affairs, during his presentation on the efforts made against maritime threats in the Caribbean region in 2016. Vice Adm. Albuquerque highlighted the need to build trust among militaries so that their coordination, especially in the area of information, can be done with maximum efficiency. “The most important thing is for us to lay the foundations for trust. We need to defend the region from these threats,” he said. During the meeting, subject matter experts gave real-time demonstrations of state-of-the-art technologies for tracking and detection systems, radars, and technical equipment for aircraft, as well as other support services for security duties. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from esteemed panelists who shared their analysis on issues relating to satellite network systems that enable boats to be traced and small aircraft to be detected, ensuring security in certain maritime domains. They also provided updated and detailed information on different terrorist networks and their influence on the countries of the region. SAMSEC At SAMSEC General Gustavo Paz Escalante, C3 director for the Honduran Armed Forces laid out the achievements that have been made by the National Interagency Security Force operating in his country. He highlighted the importance of working jointly with other institutions to achieve better operational results. “What’s the key to success? Quality planning and operations with every operator in the justice system and with every governmental entity, to make a synchronized use of resources. In the end, a climate of peace and security is achieved,” he said. Likewise, members of the Ecuadorean, Colombian, and Peruvian police spoke about their experiences fighting transnational crime. Participants had an opportunity to interact with panelists during a question-and-answer period to enrich the information. CABSEC During CABSEC, a panel discussion was held on lessons learned about the benefits of coordination during Hurricane Matthew. It was mainly representatives from the United States and Caribbean nations who took part in that discussion. Similarly, a panel was held on the development of current and emerging threats in the Caribbean basin. Among the participants were representatives from U.S. Southern Command and officials from the Bahamas, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago, among others. During the closing ceremony, Commissioner Jesús Rodríguez, chief of the Naval Group and SENAN’s event coordinator, turned over command of the summit to Major General Rocky Meade, head of the Jamaican Defence Force, Jamaica will host the 18th edition of the event in 2018. “This meeting was key to discussing issues related to the fight against transnational organized crime, which is the evil facing our world today. This effort was geared towards an exchange of information and cooperation between countries for conducting and synchronizing their joint operations,” Pérez said. This summit was held on the west bank of the Panama Bay, quite close to the entrance to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side. Participants were also able to visit the locks along that inter-oceanic channel and tour the facilities at SENAN’s headquarters.last_img read more