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Managing maturity

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Employers have not yet woken up to how to manage their older workforce, according to US-based business adviser, Tamara Erickson, of consultancy The Concours Group. Erickson has studied the impact of the preponderance of 45-year-old-plus employees in industrialised countries for her report Demography is Destiny, and feels there is a widening gap between employees’ wishes and employers’ needs.“Many people say they want to continue working, but most say not for their current employer. But what they are really saying is ‘not in their current job definition with all of its rigidity’. They are looking for flexibility and a less-pressurised environment,” says Erickson.Employers need to rethink, she adds. “They need to change the career path to a bell-shaped curve.” Erickson cites academia as a good employment model because it retains its experts in research and part-time roles. The business caseRetaining or recruiting older workers makes good business sense, Erickson says, because employers need to keep hold of employee knowledge. “It really is a tragedy if they take advantage of the vitality of people who are active and intellectually engaged.” Yet in spite of their good intentions, UK employers are walking a tightrope – they need to retain and attract older workers for many reasons. They are waking up to the fact that their workforce make-up needs to reflect that of their diverse and ageing customer base and because they do not want to fall foul of any age discrimination legislation. However, employers also need to ensure that they do not disenfranchise younger workers. There are concerns that younger people could bring tribunal claims against their employers under the forthcoming age discrimination legislation. It could cut both ways, warns equality and diversity expert, Audrey Williams, a partner at law firm Eversheds.Bank on balanced changeAt the insurance and investment division of HBOS, diversity change manager Christine Lawton is looking for a balanced approach to recruiting older people who will in turn reflect customer demographics. For example, her plans for an over-40s recruitment event involve hosts from all age groups, including the under-24s, who currently make up a large proportion of the workforce. “An age mix works best,” she says. “We’re trying to weave diversity into just about everything we do. Diversity has got to be a mainstream activity. It’s all about making sure that no one here feels discriminated against for any reason. We are trying to treat people as individuals rather than groups.” Sort out the line managers GO TO www.personneltoday.com/20961.articleHow is HR managing performance? GO TO www.personneltoday.com/22592.articleFind out more about the latest One Stop Guide to Managing Reward GO TO  www.personneltoday.com/26177.article Managing maturityOn 26 Oct 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Properties of the quasi 16 day wave derived from EOS MLS observations

first_imgThis paper describes the use of EOS Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) data to observe the field of traveling planetary waves with quasi 16 day periods. This study utilizes MLS v2.2 temperature and geopotential data between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2008 in the range 316 hPa to 0.001 hPa (approximately 8 to 97 km) to examine these waves. Analysis demonstrates that the quasi 16 day wavefield is made up of a number of components with westward and eastward propagating s = 1 and s = 2 waves generally dominant. In the Northern Hemisphere the westward and eastward propagating s = 1 waves have similar magnitudes and are larger than the other modes, while in the Southern Hemisphere, the eastward propagating s = 1 and s = 2 waves are larger than the westward propagating wave modes. All of the modes examined display strong seasonal patterns in the temperature amplitude, significant variability in the wave activity from year to year, and the presence of strong pulse-like patterns in the activity. All of the modes also display large median temperature amplitudes poleward of 40 degrees in both hemispheres. Our analysis also demonstrates that the variability in winter from year to year is larger in the Northern Hemisphere than the Southern Hemisphere. Detailed study also suggests that the exclusion of waves from regions of negative refractive index squared likely forms much of the seasonal pattern observed. Thus, regions of strong westward wind speeds effectively exclude vertically propagating waves as expected from theory. The reflection and absorption of waves associated with critical lines is also likely to explain the frequent occurrence of standing wave patterns in the EOS MLS temperature observations. This study highlights the potential of MLS observations for observing waves from the upper troposphere to the lower mesosphere.last_img read more

Dutch Aid Arrived in the Philippines

first_imgA KDC-10 transport aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Air Force delivered 29 tonnes of aid to the city of Cebu in the Philippines last week.The aid, made available by the affiliated aid organisations in the Netherlands (SHO), is intended for the thousands of victims of the destructive force of typhoon Haiyan.The Defence organisation carried out the flight at the request of the Dutch government. After a stop in Mumbai, India, the valuable medical kits, tarpaulins, jerry cans and lamps arrived at Mactan-Cebu international airport.“Those kits are really worth their weight in gold”, said Addie Bom, logistics expert with the SHO. “The teams of doctors can get to work straight away with them. Each kit contains enough medical supplies to treat 10,000 patients for 3 months. It’s up to me now to make sure these supplies reach the victims. Today and tomorrow, the various aid organisations will distribute the supplies by road and water transport to the island of Leyte, which was hit the hardest.”[mappress]Press Release, November 21, 2013; Image: Defensie Share this article Dutch Aid Arrived in the Philippines Back to overview,Home naval-today Dutch Aid Arrived in the Philippines November 21, 2013last_img read more

BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING

first_img5.         NEW BUSINESS     8.        ADJOURNFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING in the KEVIN WINTERNHEIMER CHAMBERS in ROOM 301, CIVIC CENTER COMPLEX on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 at 12:00 NOON AGENDA1. CALL TO ORDER2. MEETING MEMORANDUM   NOVEMBER 6, 20193. CONSENT AGENDA             N/A Request Re: Parks Board  Letter of Support for Indiana Tourism- Beck* Request Re: Review and accept RFQ’s for tiger exhibit modifications. –Beck*   c     Request Re: Approve and Execute Addendum to EZS operating agreement for cost-sharingof new POS/CRM software.- Beck*            d.    Request Re: Any Other Business the Board Wishes to Consider and Public Comment.*Previously approved by the Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden Advisory Boardcenter_img Request Re: Approve and Execute Agreement for the use of C.K Newsome CommunityCenter by an Independent Certified Fitness Instructor, Sofia Farris.- HoltzRequest Re: Approve and Execute BOT agreement with EZS for penguin exhibit projectat Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden.- Beck*                                                                     4.        OLD BUSINESS              Brian Holtz, Executive Director7.        ACCEPTANCE OF PAYROLL AND VENDOR CLAIMS 6.        REPORTSlast_img read more

DEP recycling grants given to three Hudson County towns

first_img× The state Department of Environmental Protection is awarding more than $14 million in grants to municipal and county governments to enhance recycling efforts, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe has announced.The annual grants are awarded through the state’s Recycling Enhancement Act, which authorizes a $3 per-ton surcharge on trash disposed at solid waste facilities to fund recycling efforts. The DEP allocates this money back to municipalities and counties based on their recycling accomplishments. This year’s grants are based on recycling performance in 2017. In Hudson County, grants have been allocated to Jersey City, $267,960; Secaucus, $144,738; and North Bergen, $116,714.Each year, recipients use these grants to improve recycling rates through a variety of initiatives, including funding recycling coordinator positions, providing recycling receptacles and pickup in public places, upgrading recycling drop-off centers, conducting education and outreach, and implementing curbside recycling pickup programs.In 2017, New Jersey generated 9.6 million tons of municipal solid waste, with 3.85 million tons recycled, for a 40-percent municipal solid waste recycling rate, compared to 44 percent in 2016.Overall, New Jersey in 2017 generated 23.4 million tons of solid waste, which includes municipal waste plus construction debris and other types of non-municipal waste. Of this, 14.1 million tons were recycled, for an overall recycling rate of 60 percent, compared to 61 percent in 2016.The DEP attributes the 4-percent decline in the 2017 municipal solid waste recycling rate to manufacturers of consumer products, such as drink bottles, continuing to shift to lighter materials such as plastic over glass. Manufacturers are also using thinner and lighter weight plastics. In addition, the volume of newspaper recycled continues to shrink as consumers increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices for information.The 2017 recycling rate does not fully reflect challenges recycling programs in New Jersey and across the nation have been facing since mid-2017 as China and other nations started rejecting recycling shipments that contain non-recyclable materials, an issue known as recycling contamination. Beginning in early 2018, China began banning the importation of most recyclable materials and other nations have followed.Some examples of recycling contaminants are plastic bags, syringes, auto parts, non-recyclable types of plastic, Styrofoam cups, improperly rinsed and cleaned food containers, food packaging that can’t be cleaned such as soiled pizza boxes, and trash.To help municipal and county governments address these contamination challenges, the DEP has launched programs to help local governments educate the public on which materials can be recycled and those that cannot. These efforts include Recycle Right NJ, which provides social media and education materials to recycling programs, and the free RecycleCoach app, which provides convenient access to municipal recycling program information, spelling out what can be recycled on the local level.For a complete list of recycling tonnage grants, visit www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/stats.htm. For the first time, municipal recycling rate breakdowns are available to municipalities as a tool to help them better target recycling efforts.To learn more about recycling in New Jersey, visit www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/.Follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP.last_img read more

Indiana’s COVID-19 peak expected to be April 19

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Indiana’s COVID-19 peak expected to be April 19 Facebook Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest By Tommie Lee – April 3, 2020 0 393 Facebook This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML) The road ahead is still a long one.Friday afternoon, the St. Joseph County Health Department held a press conference with the county’s Response Coordinator, Jeff Rea.Dr. Mark Fox of the St. Joseph County Health Department said that Indiana expects its peak of COVID-19 cases to arrive on April 19.As of Friday afternoon, the state had received test results for nearly 18,000 Hoosiers, with 3,437 of those tests coming back positive. More than a third of those are in Marion County and Indianapolis.St. Joseph County has reported 72 positive tests, and one death. Pinterest Twitter Twitter Google+ Previous articleElkhart County Sheriff: Don’t host a garage sale right nowNext articleGovernor Holcomb extends the Indiana stay-at-home order for two more weeks Tommie Leelast_img read more

News story: Scottish Secretary welcomes May 2019 Labour Market Statistics

first_imgLatest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Scotland’s overall labour market provides a positive picture. Scotland’s unemployment rate at 3.2% is the lowest on record and below that of the UK as a whole at 3.8%. Furthermore, the number of people employed in Scotland is close to the recent record high at 2,682,000. Although, Scotland’s employment rate, at 75.4%, remains below the UK’s rate at 76.1%.Responding to the figures the Scottish Secretary said: It is good news that unemployment in Scotland is at a record low, this really is to be celebrated.‎ The UK Government is investing in Scotland’s economy and creating jobs. Our £1.35 billion city and growth deals programme is starting to reap rewards and will give Scotland a long-lasting economic boost. ‎In the past month alone we have seen the launch of the new fleet of Caledonian sleeper trains and Highland Council’s broadband project shortlisted for the 2019 Connected Britain Awards. Figures also showed Scotland’s booming digital tech sector employing a record 58,000 people. UK Government investment is having a real impact and I urge the Scottish Government to work with us and use their extensive economic development powers as effectively as possible.last_img read more

Press release: New legal duty to self-isolate comes into force today

first_imgLegal duty to self-isolate comes into force today (Monday 28 September), to ensure compliance and reduce spread of COVID-19 Support is now available for people on low incomes who are unable to work while self-isolating through the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment Fines for those breaking the rules now in place starting at £1,000 and increasing up to £10,000 for repeat offenders Those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result will also be eligible for a new £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.Local authorities will be working quickly to set up Test and Trace Support Payment schemes and we expect them to be in place by 12 October. Those who are told to self-isolate from today will receive backdated payments, if they are eligible, once the scheme is set up in their local authority.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: NHS Test and Trace call handlers increasing contact with those self-isolating using police resources to check compliance in highest incidence areas and in high-risk groups, based on local intelligence investigating and prosecuting high-profile and egregious cases of non-compliance acting on instances where third parties have identified others who have tested positive but are not self-isolating Fines will also be introduced from today for those breaching self-isolation rules, starting at £1,000, in line with the existing penalty for breaking quarantine after international travel. This could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and the most serious breaches, including for those preventing others from self-isolating.Employers who force or allow staff to come to work when they should be self-isolating will also be liable for fines of up to £10,000, sending a clear message that this will not be tolerated.If someone or another member of their household has symptoms of coronavirus, they should, as now, isolate immediately. If someone receives a positive test result, they are now required by law to self-isolate for the period ending 10 days after displaying symptoms or after the date of the test, if they did not have symptoms. Other members of their household must self-isolate for the period ending 14 days after symptom onset, or after the date of the initial person’s positive test.If someone is instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, because they have had close contact with someone outside their household who has tested positive, they are legally required to self-isolate for the period notified by NHS Test and Trace. Both household and non-household contacts must self-isolate for the full period, regardless of whether they have symptoms and, if they develop symptoms and take a test, regardless of whether any test taken gives a negative result.Background informationIndividuals will receive this payment on top of any Statutory Sick Pay or benefits they receive. Currently individuals in employment who are self-isolating and cannot work from home are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if they earn more than £120 a week from a single employer. Depending on their circumstances, they might also be able to claim Universal Credit and/or new style Employment and Support Allowance.The criteria for self-isolation payment is: have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they’ve tested positive or are the close contact of a positive case are employed or self-employed are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit Recognising that self-isolation is one of the most powerful tools for controlling the transmission of COVID-19, this new Test and Trace Support payment of £500 will ensure that those on low incomes are able to self-isolate without worry about their finances.Just under 4 million people who are in receipt of benefits in England will be eligible for this payment, which will be available to those who have been notified that they must self-isolate from todayHome Secretary Priti Patel said: This will initially be England-only, but we are engaging with devolved administrations to explore opportunities for a UK-wide scheme seeking as much alignment as possible.Councils will also have discretion to make payments to those who don’t receive the qualifying benefits, but are on a low income and could suffer financial hardship as a result of not being able to work.As per the current guidance, the legal obligation to self-isolate will afford specific exemptions including for those who need to escape from illness or harm during their isolation, and those that require care.Local Authorities will focus on the principle of encouraging, educating and supporting self-compliance. Where there is clear evidence that someone is not following the rules, the police will determine what follow-up action to take.Users of the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app are anonymous and we cannot force them to self-isolate or identify them if they are not self-isolating. The app will advise a user to self-isolate if they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Users should follow that advice to protect their loved ones and stop the spread of the virus.center_img These new measures are about saving lives. Everyone must take personal responsibility and self-isolate if they test positive or if told to do so by NHS Test and Trace. For those who fail to do so, the police will enforce the law. These new fines are a clear sign that we will not allow those who break the rules to reverse the hard-won progress made by the law-abiding majority. Councils across the country are working at pace to set up new self-isolation support payment schemes and ensure people in their communities have the information and advice they need to stay safe and reduce the spread of the virus. Since the start of the pandemic councils have played a crucial role in supporting businesses and their communities, and I want to thank them for their hard work as they roll out this new support for those who need to self-isolate. Anyone can catch coronavirus and anyone can spread it. We all have a crucial part to play in keeping the number of new infections down and protecting our loved ones. As cases rise it is imperative we take action, and we are introducing a legal duty to self-isolate when told to do so, with fines for breaches and a new £500 support payment for those on lower incomes who can’t work from home while they are self-isolating. These simple steps can make a huge difference to reduce the spread of the virus, but we will not hesitate to put in place further measures if cases continue to rise. Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: As the infection is now spreading rapidly again, these new measures will help ensure compliance and reduce the spread of COVID-19.A number of steps will also be taken to make sure that people are complying with the rules. These include:last_img read more

Lewis receives Gleitsman Award

first_img Civil Rights icon says more can be done to improve rights for all Related Sharing words of love and justice, U.S. Rep. John Lewis had a message for a packed house at the Harvard Kennedy School on Tuesday: persevere.The 77-year-old Georgia congressman and Civil Rights icon was at the Institute of Politics to receive the 2017 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award, presented by the Center for Public Leadership at the School.Following the presentation of the Maya Lin-designed award by David Gergen, professor of public service and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership, Lewis addressed the lessons of his own formidable past as well as the challenges ahead.In a conversation co-moderated by Nancy F. Koehn, James B. Robison chair of business administration at Harvard Business School, and ImeIme Umana, the first African-American woman editor of the Harvard Law Review and the Sheila C. Johnson fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, Lewis was asked what role young people in public life — such as the many students at the event — can play. “Young people can be inspired to get up. To stand up, and get in the way,’” said Lewis, who was brutally injured on the Edmund Pettis Bridge while attempting to march with Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965 at age 25. He’d joined the Freedom Riders six years earlier.“You’ve been well educated. You have skills. You’re smart,” he told the audience. “Get out there and help people. Change our society. Help redeem not just the soul of America, but the soul of the world.“… Do your best to look out for all humankind. Never become bitter; never ever give up. You’ll get knocked down but get up. I was knocked down on the bridge, left bloody and unconscious, but I didn’t give up. I kept the faith, and that’s what we all have to do.”Lewis said he is heartened by the political rallies since the election. “People [are] saying we’re not going to take it anymore, we’re not going back, we’re going forward, we’ve come too far,” he said. “We’ve made too much progress to go back.”Forward motion may be multifaceted, and it may be personal. Lewis told the audience about an emotional moment with former Ku Klux Klan supporter Elwin Wilson in 2009. Wilson, who died in 2013, had requested a meeting with the congressman to apologize for his violent racist past, in particular for participating in the attack on Lewis in 1961.“He said ‘I want to apologize. Will you accept my apology? Will you forgive me?’” Lewis recalled. “He started crying. I started crying. I hugged him, and I forgave him.”This exchange, he said, freed them both. “It is in keeping with the philosophy of nonviolence, to be able to forgive, to be able to lay down that burden.”Several times, Lewis returned to this theme. “The philosophy and discipline of nonviolence is one of those immutable principles that you cannot deviate from,” he said. “If you can create a beloved community, a community at peace with itself, you create a community of love.”That path has not been easy. “When Dr. King was assassinated, I was very down,” Lewis recalled. “It was Bobby Kennedy who announced to the crowd that Dr. King had been assassinated, and I said to myself, ‘Well, we still have Bobby.’” Two months later, Robert F. Kennedy was also assassinated. “That was a low point,” Lewis acknowledged. It was also, he said, an inspiration.“One reason for me to get involved in electoral politics, to run for office, was the desire to pick up where Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy left off. President [John] Kennedy, Dr. King, and Bobby Kennedy became my heroes,” he said. “They inspired me. They lifted me. They gave me a sense of hope and optimism. I couldn’t stay down. I had to get up and keep moving.”For those whom he himself has influenced, Lewis had some advice. “Be patient,” he said. “Try to be a pilot light and not a firecracker. A pilot light continues to burn; a firecracker just pops off and is gone.“Sometimes, people are there for a day, a moment, and they’re gone. I say sometimes, I said it during the movement, I said it to my family members: You have to pace yourself for the long haul.” John Lewis urges: Back ‘the beloved community’last_img read more

Powerful Opening for the Start of the Colombian Peace Process

first_imgBy Dialogo October 22, 2012 The Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas showed a harsh – and sometimes tense – tone at the start of the peace process on October 18. However, both parties highlighted their will to achieve an agreement to put an end to almost half a century of armed conflict, according to analysts. Gathered for the formal ceremony to begin peace talks at a hotel north of Oslo, where they announced that they will carry out negotiations in Cuba starting on November 15, both sides adopted a distant attitude, without exchanging looks or handshakes. “Each party has clearly established their starting point. For the FARC, peace will not be possible without social changes, while the government insisted that armed conflict should be changed into political combat in a democratic scenario,” political scientist Jaime Zuluaga from the Colombian National University, told AFP. While Iván Márquez, chief of the guerrilla delegation, stated in his speech that “peace is not equivalent to the silence of rifles, but it encompasses the transformation of the State structure,” government delegate Humberto De la Calle recognized that “ending the conflict is the precursor to peace.” Beyond that coincidence, however, strong contradictions that threaten to accentuate Colombia’s divisions surfaced; throughout half a century, the armed conflict has left hundreds of thousands dead, and 3.7 million people displaced by violence. “I would like to reiterate that talks will not be centered on an economic development model, or foreign investment. For that to happen, the FARC must disarm, get involved in politics, and win elections,” said De la Calle after Márquez’ speech, where he questioned the presence of multinational companies in Colombia and referred to them as “vampires.” Nevertheless, other sensitive matters that go beyond the peace talks came up. “We have not committed crimes against the people,” declared Iván Márquez, number two in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. “The FARC should identify their victims,” responded De la Calle, who was Colombian vice-president between 1994 and 1996.last_img read more