In a month when LondonUnderground services have been crippled by strike action, at least the Tube’sHR team has managed to come up with innovative ways to recruit. More than 1,400 Cosmopolitanreaders have applied to become London Tube-train drivers. London Undergrounddescribed the response to its single advert in this month’s issue as”exceptional”.Successful applicants will haveto get out of bed for regular 4.45am starts but the £27,650 salary and up toeight weeks’ holiday will sweeten the job. Cosmo’s editor Lorraine Candysaid the interest shown demonstrates that young women are not bound bytraditional career patterns. She said, “I don’t think the job is boring orunsexy and I’m sure the passengers couldn’t care less whether the train is beingdriven by a man or a woman ñ as long as it’s on time.”Women make up only 3 per centof London Underground’s driving staff. Almost taken inby the blarneyLast week, Guru made a flyingvisit to Dublin to attend a conference on internal communication. While Guruhardly had time to sup a pint of the black stuff, there was time to beimpressed by a presentation by the head of HR at RyanAir, Eddie Wilson. Heexpounded a low-cost, no-nonsense approach to HR which was significantlycontributing to the company’s financial success. Wilson claims his staff arehighly motivated by being shareholders in the company and is scornful about theidea of spending money on expensive internal communication strategies (News, 6February). Wilson extolled the virtues ofsaving money at all costs. This attitude extends even to stationery, withWilson explaining that staff had to provide their own pens. Guru was fallingfor this bottom-line approach up to when the time came to board the RyanAirplane home. The plane was delayed for more than an hour. Bullied baldy’sboss bites backGuru would like to applaud thePost Office for standing up for the folically challenged. It cut off the postalsupply to a meat firm in Brighton because its employees persistently teased thepostman, Alan, for being bald. Every morning Alan would arrive at the meatdistribution company to be greeted by shouts of “baldy” and”slaphead”. When he asked his employer tointervene, the Post Office rang the owner and demanded an end to it. Guru’ssupport here is in no way influenced by one’s own “chrome dome”, andis only because Guru supports any and all moves to eradicate bullying at work.Ikea flushedwith success of job advertsGuru has heard and disseminateda lot of toilet humour over the years, but didn’t realise there was also toiletrecruitment. Guru is quick to stress that this has nothing to do with”moments of madness” on Clapham Common, but is a new staffrecruitment technique at Ikea. The company recently attracted 60 applicants byscrawling job adverts in restaurant toilets in Stockholm. “The number ofpeople who responded was 20 per cent higher than when we pay for ads in theusual way, which is quite amazing,” claimed a company spokesperson. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. guruOn 13 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today
NHS HR key to cutting the nation’s sick absence billOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. HR departments in the NHS have a lead role to play in helping reducebusiness’ annual £11bn sickness absence bill, according to a CBI report. Business and Healthcare for the 21st Century, published this week, claimsone of the reasons for the huge cost of sickness absence is the inadequacy ofBritain’s healthcare system. The report calls for improved management of HR in the NHS. It concludes there needs to be more emphasis on flexible work arrangements,increased attention to occupational health provision and enhanced careerdevelopment to help retain and develop key healthcare staff. Tracy Myhill, president of the Association of Healthcare Human ResourceManagement, said the NHS has a role to play in reducing absenteeism, but shestressed managers need to manage absence problems better. “There is a definite link between the quality of healthcare providedand the ability of people to attend work. “NHS as an employer does lack consistency when its comes tooccupational health provision — it should be at the forefront as it has allthe facilities,” said Myhill. Lew Swift, head of personnel at the Walton Centre for Neurosciences,believes the NHS has already embraced many progressive HR practices. “The NHS’ flexible working practices are up there with the best,although, of course, they can be improved. At least 30 per cent of theworkforce is part-time and staff involvement in rostering has been in practicefor years. “The NHS is a 24-hour business that could not manage without flexibleworking.” Swift concedes that the NHS approach to occupational health and careerdevelopment is patchy. He explained, “Nursing, midwife and professional technical staffdevelopment is very good, although management development could do withimproving.” The report also calls for more internal occupational health experts inindustry. www.cbi.org.uk By Paul Nelson Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
Although single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are increasingly being recognized as powerful molecular markers, their application to non-model organisms can bring significant challenges. Among these are imperfect conversion rates of assays designed from in silico resources and the enhanced potential for genotyping error relative to pre-validated, highly optimized human SNPs. To explore these issues, we used Illumina’s GoldenGate assay to genotype 480 Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) individuals at 144 putative SNPs derived from a 454 transcriptome assembly. One hundred and thirty-five polymorphic SNPs (93.8%) were automatically validated by the program GenomeStudio, and the initial genotyping error rate, estimated from nine replicate samples, was 0.004 per reaction. However, an almost tenfold further reduction in the error rate was achieved by excluding 31 loci (21.5%) that exhibited unclear clustering patterns, manually editing clusters to allow rescoring of ambiguous or incorrect genotypes, and excluding 18 samples (3.8%) with unreliable genotypes. After stringent quality filtering, we also found a counter-intuitive negative relationship between in silico minor allele frequency and the conversion rate, suggesting that some of our assays may have been designed from paralogous loci. Nevertheless, we obtained over 45 000 individual SNP genotypes with a final error rate of 0.0005, indicating that the GoldenGate assay is eminently capable of generating large, high-quality data sets for non-model organisms. This has positive implications for future studies of the evolutionary, behavioural and conservation genetics of natural populations.
View post tag: latest April 26, 2012 Training & Education View post tag: Almaz View post tag: Defexpo The Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau (Almaz CMDB) took part and presented its latest projects at The international exhibition of Army and Naval weapons DEFEXPO INDIA-2012 as part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation joint exposition.The Almaz CMDB presented its featured models of a Project 20382 Tiger corvette, a Project 12300 Scorpion missile-artillery boat, a Project 12200 Sobol patrol boat, a Project 12061E Murena landing air-cushion craft, a Project 12418 missile boat and a Project 266ME ocean mine countermeasures vessel.The exhibition guests showed certain interest in projects represented by the Bureau.The Almaz CMDB is one of the leading design and engineering companies in the Russian shipbuilding industry. It was one of the first to start using modern equipment for vessel design, because their designers realized that future developments would seriously depend on the right choice of automation equipment.For the current year the Company has a number of large-scale tasks to fulfill, including several considerable projects with special attention to be paid to terms and quality.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 26, 2012; Image: almaz View post tag: projects View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: India Back to overview,Home naval-today Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau Presents Latest Projects at DEFEXPO India Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau Presents Latest Projects at DEFEXPO India View post tag: marine View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Bureau View post tag: design View post tag: presents View post tag: Central View post tag: Naval
Concern has been expressed over the portrayal of Oxford University in the soon-to-be released film The Riot Club.Access officers and University officials have suggested that the perception of the University portrayed in the film, which focuses on a fictionalised version of the Bullingdon Club, might discourage prospective applicants from poorer backgrounds, or simply those averse to such an environment.The film, which stars Max Irons and Sam Clafin, is an adaption of the Laura Wade play Posh. The trailer features lines such as “I am sick to death of poor people!”.Dr Jamie Castell, Outreach Officer at Hertford College, told Cherwell, “I think such portrayals of Oxford do affect access efforts. This film is obviously fictional, and it is obviously fictional from the trailer, but there is no doubt that they reinforce certain inaccurate stereotypes about this University, in particular class, privilege, money.”He continued, “The trailer is inacurate in a number of different respects. Not only social background, but the notion that Oxford is the oldest university in the world. We’re not even the oldest university in Western Europe by quite a long way. So it’s clearly going for sensationalism rather than accuracy.”However, remarking on the elitism of the society portrayed in the movie, Castell commented, “The only nice thing in the trailer was its reference to the fact that there are 20,000 students here, which is some sort of gesture towards the diversity that actually exists. The notion that ‘we’ve got to make ourselves the ten that belong to this club’ does in some way give a sense that the sort of behaviour depicted in this trailer would be rejected by the majority.”“Most sane people would dislike the particular atmosphere portrayed in the movie”, he added.The Riot Club trailer has come under fire for depicting decadent lives of wealthy Oxford students.Similarly, Academic Registrar Dr Matthew Hiscock, who works in access, remarked, “Most audiences will know that this is fantasy and not reality, but it can still put off people who are anxious that they wouldn’t fit in to that environment, or who actively dislike that kind of atmosphere. It’s unhelpful for us.”A university spokesperson was very positive about the access work done by Oxford, commenting, “We hope prospective students, parents and teachers who watch this fictional programme will realise that this stereotype does not reflect the vast majority of Oxford students. We do an enormous amount of access work, spending more than £5.5 million per year and holding more than 2,200 outreach events to encourage students from all backgrounds to apply to Oxford. This work has led to one in ten UK students who were admitted to Oxford in 2013 being from a household income background of less than £16,000 per year.”One undergraduate, however, was more positive about the film, commenting, “I’m actually quite excited to see it. Most people will realise that it’s fictional. That said, I can see how it undermines access work.”When contacted by Cherwell, Universal Studios was unavailable for comment on the trailer.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of approximately $1 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.EPA’s WIFIA program will provide long-term, low-cost credit assistance in the form of direct loans and loan guarantees to creditworthy water projects. WIFIA provides another option for financing large infrastructure projects – generally at least $20 million – in addition to the State Revolving Funds and bond market. WIFIA is available to state, local, and tribal governments; private entities; partnerships; and State Revolving Fund programs. EPA estimates that funds appropriated to the WIFIA program can be leveraged at a ratio greater than 50 to one, which means the $17 million program budget could allow EPA to make approximately $1 billion in loans and stimulate about $2 billion in total infrastructure investment.“The launch of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program marks a huge step forward for modernizing our nation’s aging water infrastructure,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “WIFIA gives us a new opportunity to provide billions of dollars in low-interest loans to communities to build large infrastructure projects, significantly accelerating investments that benefit our nation’s public health and water security for generations to come.”Some of the projects that WIFIA enables EPA to provide assistance for include:• drinking water treatment and distribution projects• wastewater conveyance and treatment projects• enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities• desalination, aquifer recharge, alternative water supply, and water recycling projects• drought prevention, reduction, or mitigation projectsEPA will evaluate projects using criteria such as the extent to which the project is nationally or regionally significant, helps maintain or protect public health or the environment, protects against extreme weather, and serves regions with significant water resource challenges. EPA will make selections on a competitive basis.EPA estimates that the U.S. needs about $660 billion in investments for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure over the next 20 years.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
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In major cities across the world like London, New York, Amsterdam, and more, mysterious Radiohead-themed street art has been popping up. The words these anonymous posters contain are reminiscent of the lyrics of “Fitter Happier” off of OK Computer, with political messages such as “More Public Fear/More Private Security” and “Less Political Participation/Worse Politicians/More Fear.” These speculations that the street art is related to OK Computer are strengthened by the dates at the bottom of each piece, which note 1997 and 2017, alluding to OK Computer’s 20th anniversary coming up on May 21st.Additionally, Stanley Donwood, the artist and writer behind Radiohead’s album and poster artwork since 1994, recently posted an work on Instagram post featuring the Radiohead logo front and center along with the caption “soon to be real,” only heightening speculations that the Radiohead camp is behind the street art ahead of the seminal album’s 20th anniversary. Pitchfork notes that it has reached out to Radiohead about these mysterious pop-up works.Take a listen to “Fitter Happier,” then take a look at Donwood’s post and images of the street art to decide for yourself what’s the meaning behind the works.[Photo credit: Dan Jordan] [H/T Pitchfork] Just saw this on the way to the studio now hype levels spiralling out of control #okcomputer pic.twitter.com/8dTWKru01y— martin (@doksan) April 26, 2017
Blue Ridge Outdoors has selected 40 elite regional athletes to represent us in 2015. Each of these BRO athletes will be posting in-depth, behind-the-scenes personal stories and photos from their adventures all year long.These athletes participate in nine different sport disciplines: trail running, mountain biking, road cycling, whitewater paddling, climbing, road running, fly fishing, long-distance hiking, and triathlon. Our team includes teenagers and masters athletes at the top of their game. They hail from eight different states across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and they will compete in over 120 events this year.Eli Woodard, a teenage biking phenom. Bill Gentry is a 53-year-old ultrarunner with 17 100-milers under his belt. Laura Farrell wins extreme kayaking races. Alicia Hudelson smashes ultrarunning course records. Chris Hipgrave is a national champion paddler. Maria Bocanegra is an elite runner and proud mom. Paul Nelson and Jay Reese are top regional climbers. Scott Martin is an Iraq veteran and warrior hiker. All 40 of our BRO Team members are more than just great athletes — each has amazing stories to tell and adventures to share.Look for the BRO Athlete Team at events near you and follow their adventures at the BRO Athlete Team site.
LONDON – No Rubén Magnano, no problem for Argentina. The 2004 Olympic gold medalists trailed early but used a strong defensive performance in the second and third quarters to beat Brazil and Magnano, their former coach, 82-77 in the quarterfinals on Aug. 8. Magnano orchestrated Argentina’s upsets of the United States in 2002 at the World Championships and the Athens Games in 2004, but couldn’t find a way to guide his new squad to the semifinals. “We hung in there in the end and got an awesome win,” Argentine guard Manu Ginóbili told reporters. “It’s very, very hard to make an Olympics semifinal and against Brazil for us it’s maybe even more special.” Brazil raced to a three-point lead after one quarter and appeared poised to extend its advantage. But Argentina answered with a flurry of three-pointers and defensive pressure to take a 64-54 lead into the final quarter. From there, veteran center Luis Scola pounded the ball down low and helped Argentina secure the win. Scola finished with 17 points while Ginóbili chipped in 16. Brazilian guards Marcelinho Huertas and Leandro Barbosa each had 22. “We are going to play the Olympic semifinal for the third time in a row,” Scola, who helped guide Argentina to a bronze medal at the Beijing Games in 2008, told reporters. “That’s pretty big for our country. I know some countries have done that in the past, but you’ve got to put it in perspective. This is Argentina. We’ve never done that before and this is the same group that did it the two other times, so it’s emotional for us.” Argentina advanced to the semifinals against the United States on Aug. 10. The heavily-favored Americans reached the semis by dismantling Australia, 119-86. The United States also defeated Argentina earlier in the week, 126-97, during pool play. Spain and Russia meet in the other semifinal. “We’re going try to do the same approach, try to turn the ball over less, make a few shots in the second half hopefully, and not let them run,” Ginóbili said. “Then, if they get inspired and LeBron starts to make 20 3-pointers, there’s little you can do. We have maybe a five-percent chance of winning, but we are going to fight for that.” By Dialogo August 09, 2012